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

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UNITED NATIONS


80th & 81st sessions 8 – 26 July & 28 October 22 November 2024

During its 80th session, the CAT will review Türkiye‘s State report.
NGOs can submit information by 10 June 2024. See details on the session here and guidance for civil society here.

During its 81st session, the CAT will adopt lists of issues prior to reporting (LOIPR) in respect of Lithuania, San Marino, Serbia and Sweden.
>> NGOs can submit information by 20 June 2024. See details on the session here and guidance for civil society here.

56th regular session 18 June – 12 July 2024

The HRC will consider the High Commissioner for Human Rights‘ annual report as well as several other reports (on key challenges regarding the human rights dimension of access to medicines and vaccines, on the situation of human rights in Ukraine and on civil society space). It will also examine the reports of the Special Rapporteur on Health, of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus. UPR outcome will also be adopted in in respect of Monaco and Malta.
>> NGOs in consultative status with the ECOSOC can participate in the session: see guidance for civil society here and details on the session’s programme here.

48th session 20 – 31 January 2025

The UPR working group will review Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, San Marino, and Slovenia.
>> NGOs can submit information by 16 July 2024. See details here.

76th session 9 – 27 September 2024

The CESCR will review the State reports of Albania, Cyprus, Iceland and Poland and will review Azerbaijan under the follow-up procedure.
>> NGOs can submit information by 12 August 2024. See details on the session here.

142nd session 14 October – 8 November 2024

The Human Rights Committee will review State reports submitted by Albania, France, Greece, Iceland and Türkiye and will adopt List of issues prior to reporting (LOIPR) in respect of Monaco, Poland and Slovenia.
>> NGOs can submit information on State reports by 19 August 2024 and on LOIPR by 16 September 2024. See details on the session here.

Call for submissions Children’s rights to access to justice and effective remedies

The CRC is drafting general comment no. 27 on children’s rights to access to justice and effective remedies and is seeking contributions to clarify terms, approaches and actions States should take in order to implement the right of all children to access justice and effective remedies.
>> NGOs can submit their input by 23 August 2024. See details here.


COUNCIL OF EUROPE


Country visits 2025

The CPT announced it will visit the following countries in 2025: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Romania and Spain.
>> NGOs in possession of relevant information concerning the situation of persons deprived of their liberty in these countries are invited to approach the Committee ahead of visits. See press release here.