Advocacy

You will find here the most important advocacy opportunities at the European and international
levels through which civil society actors can have a stronger impact on prison policies across
the continent. This page is updated monthly.

If you want to work on a common initiative related to one or several topics listed below, please contact us at community@prisonlitigation.org


UNITED NATIONS


55th session 26 February – 5 April 2024

The programme of work includes interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on Torture, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, and the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine.
The HRC will also adopt UPR outcomes in respect of i.a. Azerbaijan, Germany and Russia.
NGOs in consultative status with the ECOSOC can attend as observers and make statements. See details on the session’s page and guidance for NGOs here.

79th session 15 April – 10 May 2024

The CAT will examine State reports submitted by Austria, Azerbaijan, Finland, Liechtenstein and North Macedonia.
NGOs can submit written observations by 18 March 2024. See details on the session’s page and guidance for NGOs here.

47th session 4 – 15 November 2024

The UPR working group will hold its 47th session on 4 – 15 November 2024. It will review Albania, Norway and Portugal.
NGOs can submit information by 8 April 2024. See details here.

Country visits 2024 (tbd)

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has announced forthcoming visits to Albania in the first half of 2024 and to Greece in the second half of 2024. The dates of these visits have not yet been announced.
NGOs are encouraged to approach the SPT ahead of visits. See press release here and the calendar of visits here.


COUNCIL OF EUROPE


Call for contributions 15 March 2024

A call for contributions has been launched to prepare the programme and Political Declaration for the High-Level Conference on the European Social Charter, which will take place on 3 – 4 July 2024, in Vilnius (Lithuania).
NGOs can submit inputs by 15 March 2024. See details here.

Country visit 20 – 21 March 2024

The Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (DEJ) will visit Malta on 20 21 March 2024.
NGOs are encouraged to approach the DEJ to discuss the implementation of judgments with the department’s lawyers. See updates here.