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External Prison Oversight and Human Rights

MISSION:

To share information, best practices and lessons learned on effective external prison oversight and to enhance openness, transparency and accountability among prison authorities.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Build an international community and network of organizations responsible for prison oversight;
  2. Share information on best practices and lessons learned on effective external prison oversight;
  3. Generate constructive dialogue on the values and benefits of external oversight with prison authorities;
  4. Promote compliance with the Rule of Law and domestic/international human rights obligations with respect to prisoners and prison staff;
  5. Provide technical advice and assistance to organizations responsible for prison oversight as requested and appropriate;
  6. Provide capacity building on oversight operations, including investigations, inspections, visits and alternative dispute resolution.

KEY ACTIVITIES:

  1. Provide a platform to share information, best practices and lessons learned on external prison oversight and human rights among the Network and ICPA members;
  2. Promote constructive and professional dialogue between external prison oversight organizations with prison authorities subject to their oversight;
  3. Share news, reports and publications via a semi-annual (to become quarterly) newsletter covering these topics:
    • Message from the Network Chair;
    • Recent reports/initiatives from Network members;
    • Best practices and case studies;
    • Legal updates on domestic and international human rights;
    • Academic articles and graduate theses on external prison oversight;
    • Future conferences/events of interest;
    • On the move and vacancies.
  4. Provide technical advice and assistance to jurisdictions as requested and appropriate;
  5. Identify trends and issues in challenging areas of prison operations, including solitary confinement, use of force, mental health care, and addressing the needs of vulnerable segments of the prisoner population;
  6. Raise awareness on values and benefits of external prison oversight, including its contribution to public safety.

MEMBERS OF THE NETWORK:

  • Adam Bodnar (Poland)
  • Alan Mitchell (United Kingdom)
  • Alberto Achermann (Switzerland)
  • Alessandria Pagé (Canada)
  • Apakuki Qura (Fiji)
  • Audrey Olivier Muralt (Switzerland)
  • Barry Fleming (Canada)
  • Bradley Moss (Canada)
  • Bronwyn Naylor (Australia)
  • Bunji Sawanobori (Japan)
  • Charlene Burkett (United States)
  • Claude Dussault (Canada)
  • David P. Cole (Canada)
  • Eleena Mitchell (United States)
  • Eric Stevenson (Canada)
  • Ezequiel Valverdi (Argentina)
  • Fillipus Nangolo (Namibia)
  • Fiona Rafte (Australia)
  • Francisco Mugnolo (Argentina)
  • Gertrude Brinek (Austria)
  • Günther Kräuter (Austria)
  • Hanna Machińska (Poland)
  • Hans Meurisse (Belgium)
  • Howard Sapers (Canada)
  • Ivan Zinger (Canada)
  • Paul Dubé (Canada)
  • Jean A. Solomon (Cayman Islands)
  • Jeff Ford (Canada)
  • Jennifer Peirce (United States)
  • Joanna Saul Carns (United States)
  • Josh Ounsted (Kenya)
  • Kerryann Davis (Jamaica)
  • Kim Pate (Canada)
  • Kristie Hirschman (United States)
  • Linda Garwood-Filbert (International)
  • Lisa Kerr (Canada)
  • Marc Susser (United States)
  • Marie Rinfret (Canada)
  • Martine Brunschwig Graf (Switzerland)
  • Matthew Pringle (Canada)
  • Michael E. Horowitz (United States)
  • Michael Jackson (Canada)
  • Michael Mauerer (Austria)
  • Michele Deitch (United States)
  • Nancy Sanders (Canada)
  • Neil McAllister (Australia)
  • Patricia C. Gilheaney (Ireland)
  • Paul Geurts (International)
  • Peter Boshier (New Zealand)
  • Peter Clarke (United Kingdom)
  • Peter Fichtenbauer (Austria)
  • Peter Kastner (Austria)
  • Rebecca Minty (Australia)
  • Riaz Soomro (Pakistan)
  • Robert Hollarder (International)
  • Rose Ricciardelli (Canada)
  • Samay Zhouand (Australia)
  • Serigne Cheikh Bakhoum (Senegal)
  • Sharon Shalev (United Kingdom)
  • Steven Caruana (Australia)
  • Sue Haslam (Canada)
  • Véronique Laurent (Belgium)
  • Wayne Lines (Australia)
  • Wendy Sinclair-Gieben (Scotland)
  • William A. Smith (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS:

ICPA_Networks_EPOAHR_Code_of_Conduct

E-BULLETINS:

INTERIM ANNOUNCEMENT: Expert Network on External Prison Oversight & Human Rights

INTERIM UPDATE: Expert Network on External Prison Oversight & Human Rights

Expert Network on External Prison Oversight & Human Rights Newsletter (Issue 1)

Expert Network on External Prison Oversight & Human Rights Newsletter (Issue 2)