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Promoting Independent Prison Complaint Mechanisms


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

On 10-11 November the APT will participate in an international event being organized by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Budapest devoted to independent prison complaints mechanisms. With the financial support of the Open Society Institute, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee has compiled a wealth of information about existing mechanisms throughout the region and analyzed their strengths and weaknesses.

Date: 10 - 11 November 2010
Place: Budapest, Hungary
Purpose: To discuss the independence, impartiality and effectiveness of prison complaint mechanisms in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Activities: On 10-11 November the APT will participate in an international event being organized by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Budapest devoted to independent prison complaints mechanisms. With the financial support of the Open Society Institute, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee has compiled a wealth of information about existing mechanisms throughout the region and analyzed their strengths and weaknesses. A range of non-governmental representatives will converge in Budapest in order to discuss these issues in-depth and share best practices. The APT has been invited to the workshop to talk about such bodies in the light of the OPCAT and the emergence of NPMs, especially as these are not identical institutions.
Expected Outcome: It is anticipated that as a result of this exchange the civil society participants will be better informed about the functioning of prison complaints mechanisms and more knowledgeable about good practices found in the Europe and Central Asia region.
Documents: Agenda
Contact Persoon: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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