This statement on the issue of discrimination of women in the criminal justice system highlighting the links with violence against women, was submitted at the OSCE’s 2013 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting‘s session on ‘Prevention of violence against women and girls‘ (September 2013).
It outlines how a large percentage of women prisoners have been victims of violence prior to their admission and also have a heightened vulnerability to abuse during arrest, questioning and in prison. The statement also considers the wider issues of discrimination against women offenders and prisoners.
PRI calls on all OSCE Member States to review its penal legislation, policies and practices, by reference of the UN Bangkok Rules, adopted in December 2010, including by undertaking research (in line with Rule 67 of the Bangkok Rules) and include the Rules as part of the training curriculum of criminal justice actors, including prison authorities and staff.
PRI is also hosting a side-event on 25 September, In the margins: Who are women prisoners?
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