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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:

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)