At the start of 2016, PRI set up a new regional office based in Kampala, Uganda to lead and coordinate its work in sub-Saharan Africa.
Recent work focuses on non-custodial measures as an alternative to imprisonment; improved treatment and access to rights for women and children in the criminal justice system; and the abolition of the death penalty and introduction of humane alternative sanctions.
We have long-term, productive partnerships with government departments and local civil society organisations in the region. In Uganda, for example, we work in partnership with the NGO the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI). Read a case study of our partnership with FHRI since 2013.
In Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, we are working in partnership with the Probation Service in each country, and three research organisations, to deliver our ExTRA project, promoting Community Service Orders as an effective alternative sanction to imprisonment. In Kenya, we are also supporting the Kenyan Probation Service to improve the treatment of women offenders.
We have observer status with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), which is mandated to protect the rights of children enshrined in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. We are currently supporting the ACERWC to promote its General Comment 1 on the rights of children of incarcerated parents.
We cooperate with regional bodies including the Conference of Central, Eastern, Southern Africa Heads of Correctional Services (CESCA) and the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA).