PRI’s Annual Report outlines the impact of our work and achievements in 2020 nationally, regionally and internationally.
Highlights in 2020 included:
- Publication of the Global Prison Trends Report 2020, in partnership with the Thailand Institute of Justice (our annual flagship publication);
- When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, PRI respond swiftly, releasing analysis and recommendations on the effects of the pandemic in prisons and distributing guidance on how to prevent the virus’s transmission.
- PRI began a project to improve the criminal justice systems of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan bringing them in line with international human rights law and practices, which included monitoring visits, workshops and conferences.
- PRI relaunched its Europe Programme ahead of the commencement of a new project promoting alternatives to imprisonment across Europe, with a particular focus on people from vulnerable and minority groups.
- In Jordan, PRI distributed PPE to over 13,000 people in prisons, detention centres and care centres and printed and distributed posters with information on COVID-19 prevention measures.
- In Algeria, PRI provided technical assistance and materials to facilitate the production of facial masks and sanitation gates in prisons.
- In Yemen, PRI established a police academy to provide comprehensive police training for women joining the police force as officers.
- In Georgia,PRI concluded a project on promoting civil society engagement in monitoring and promoting government reforms to the criminal justice system in Georgia.
- In Uganda, PRI conducted several training of trainer workshops for prison officers from prisons around the country on COVID-19 prevention strategies;
- In Central African Republic, PRI continued to support the implementation of the demilitarization strategy, the organization and coordination of the technical secretary and the thematic group meetings. An internal evaluation of PRI’s work in CAR found that PRI and its particular approach of consensus and coalition building, mentoring, and capacity building were instrumental in the achievement of the strategy and its ongoing implementation.
- PRI engaged with the African Commission on Human Rights, mainly through the Petty Offences Campaign which PRI became a member of in 2020.
- PRI also contributed to the drafting of the “Human Rights in the Administration of Justice” resolution led by Austria in New York, and the development of the OHCHR report on human rights in the administration of justice.
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