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Breaking the silence on prison : Reaffirming the key role of civil society in monitoring and protecting detainees’ rights

5 December 2018, from 17:30

Strasbourg, Maison des Associations, 1 Place des Orphelins, 67000 Strasbourg

Free entry

The meeting will be held in English with translation from Russian.

After two decades of particular dynamism of European law and national policies generally in favour of advances in the prison reform, the  defenders of detainees’ rights are currently facing greater obstacles affecting the defense of human rights in places of detention. Monitoring and reporting on the prison reality and taking judicial action for the protection of human rights in detention increasingly exposes detainees rights’ defenders to the hostile attitude of authorities and even in some countries to retaliation.

How can detainees’ rights defenders operate in Russia nowadays? What are the current obstacles to the work and mobilization of detainees’ defenders in Central Europe ? In Western European countries, how does the formalization of contract services with NGOs working in prison provide a tool to discourage criticism? How to act collectively for the guarantee of freedom of speech on prison?

The evening will bring together leading actors in the protection of detainees’ rights from a dozen European states to discuss the current challenges they face in the exercise of their protection mandate.

Programme to see here

The event is organised by EPLN, International Protection Center and the Public Verdict Foundation

With the support of the General Council of Spanish Bars