Participatory status in the Council of Europe

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Le Réseau Contentieux Pénitentieux s’est vu octroyer en juillet 2017 le statut participatif au Conseil de l’Europe.

Doté du statut participatif, le RCP est autorisé à déposer une demande d’habilitation à présenter des réclamations collectives devant le Comité Européen des Droits Sociaux.

De plus, les ONGs dotées du statut participatif forment la Conférence des INGOs du Conseil de l’Europe, qui se réunit deux fois par an à Strasbourg pendant les sessions de Janvier et Juin de l’Assemblée parlementaire. Le RCP a ainsi participé à la dernière session de la Conférence, qui a eu lieu le 27-30 Juin 2017.

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Conference at the ECtHR: «Protection of Rights of Detained Persons in Europe» — 14-15 June 2016

As closure event of the research project Prison Litigation Network on mechanisms of access to legal remedies for detained persons in European prisons, carried out by ten European NGOs and research centres alongside the association Prison Litigation Network, the PLN and partners of the project organised on 14 and 15 June 2016 a final conference at the European Court of Human Rights  on the topic of The Protection of Rights of Detained Persons in Europe. 

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Intermediary report of the monitoring mission on Kopeysk trial

In November 2012 hundreds of prisoners of the Penal Colony of Kopeysk (Russia, Ural Region) collectively protested against the use of torture and extortion in the prison. Four years after 17 of its participants are on trial and face 10 years of imprisonment. An international mission is observing the hearings to monitor the respect of the rights of the persons concerned.

Please read here the intermediary report of the monitoring mission.

Kopeysk International Monitoring Mission — intermediary report 22 June 2016


Annual review of ECtHR Judgments – 2016

In 2016 the Court delivered several judgements of major importance regarding prisons. It identified a few “systemic problems”, namely: the detention conditions in Moldova (Mescereacov v. the Republic of Moldova, no. 61050/11); the detention of mentally-ill detainees in Belgium (W. D. v. Belgium, no. 73548/13); and the overuse of pre-trial detention without due justification in Russia (Zherebin v. Russia, no. 51445/09). The Grand Chamber delivered the awaited [GC] Muršić v. Croatia (no. 7334/13) judgment in which it clarified its position regarding prison overcrowding; and specified its criteria concerning life sentences in [GC] Murray v. the Netherlands (no.10511/10). Last, in the case of [GC] Blokhin v. Russia (no. 47152/06) the Court addressed several aspects of the detention of juvenile offenders – it refined its definition of a “detention for the purpose of educational supervision” as referred to in Art.5, specified the procedural rights of juveniles under Art.6 and detailed the contracting States’ obligations regarding the protection of the health of juvenile detainees.

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