PRI’s Annual Report outlines the impact of our work and achievements in 2019 nationally, regionally and internationally.
Highlights in 2019 included:
- Publication of the Global Prison Trends Report 2019, in partnership with the Thailand Institute of Justice (our annual flagship publication);
- PRI celebrated its 30th anniversary and launched its 2020-2023 strategy, alongside its new visual profile, which itself expresses continuity and reinvention;
- PRI continued to increase its work in crisis and conflict or post-conflict settings, through delivery of a penitentiary reform programme in Yemen, with a special focus on women and children. PRI was instrumental in the adoption of the National Demilitarisation Strategy of the Penitentiary System in Central African Republic and continues to work in the country;
- In Georgia, we reactivated a network of civil society organisations called the Alliance for Penal and Probation Reforms in Georgia to coordinate policy and advocacy responses to government planned reforms of the criminal justice system;
- In Uganda, we delivered a number of training courses for prison staff and high-level officials to prevent torture and ill-treatment as well as promote the application of fair and effective criminal investigations and trials of people detained;
- In Algeria, PRI has reinforced the visibility and capacity of the Child Protection Commission Office (CPCO) to ensure better safeguard of children’s rights;
- The capacity of government officials was strengthened, with 150 attendees at the Central Asian Dialogue Conference in Almaty in October exchanging best practice and developing recommendations for the promotion of alternatives measures to detention in the region;
- In Yemen, PRI improved the capacity of the female police unit through a roundtable attended by top representatives of the Interior Ministry, the head of the female police unit, and the Human Rights Minister, who highlighted the importance of such a unit to end gender-based discrimination in criminal justice systems;
- In Georgia, our work further led to strengthened cooperation between government agencies and non-governmental organizations which led to improved contact between mothers in prison and their children being looked after in the community. This achievement also contributed to tackling stigmatizing attitudes towards mothers in prison.
We also gained high-level support from the Assistant Secretary General and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights level on the use of life imprisonment. Our advocacy led to the inclusion of commentary on life sentences in the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on death and serious injury of persons deprived of liberty. Subsequently, due to traction gained with Austria, who led on the UN Human Rights Council resolution on administration of justice, we were able to link overincarceration and prison overcrowding with life imprisonment sentences and issue recommendations.
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