Observatorio Internacional de Prisiones - Argentina
Community Justice Coalition (CJC)
Observatoire international des prisons - Belgium
Bénédicte Brunet-La Ruche
Bénédicte Brunet-La Ruche has been a doctor of history at Toulouse Jean Jaurès University since 2013, a researcher associated with the FRAMESPA laboratory (UMR 5136) in Toulouse and the CESDIP (Center for Sociological Research on Law and Criminal Institutions, UMR 8183) from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Her research projects are currently focused on the penal process in the wake of and after independence in West Africa.
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Human Rights Center "Viasna"
Viasna is a non-governmental human rights organization, created in 1996 during mass protest actions of the democratic opposition in the Republic of Belarus. The main goal of Viasna is to contribute to development of the civic society in Belarus, based on respect to human rights. Viasna is a Prison Insider's contributor since May 2017.
Mr. Pavel Sapelko is a lawyer known for his commitment to the struggle for human rights in Belarus. He supported the campaign for "defenders of human rights against the death penalty", and participated in the defense of political opponents and political prisoners.
Bouma Fernand Bationo
Bouma Fernand Bationo is a lecturer in Sociology at Ouaga I University Joseph Ki-Zerbo. His work focuses on issues of social vulnerability and access to health care, forms of protection and social insurance, and prison detention environments. He is a member of the Network of Prison and Penal Economies in Africa (ECCOPAF in French) and the LARISS Laboratory.
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (known by its French acronymLICADHO)
LICADHO is a national human rights organization. Since its establishment in 1992, LICADHO has been at the forefront of efforts to protect civil, political, economic and social rights in Cambodia. The organisation gave us the authorisation to use all their published material.
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education and community mobilization. It is one of the world’s leading organisations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, and advocating at both the policy and community levels.
Jean-Claude Bernheim is a Canadian criminologist, a prison specialist.
Equipo Jurídico Pueblos
Legal Team People (in Spanish Equipo Jurídico Pueblo) is a channel of communication with the communities, the academy, the progressive people and, in general, what some have named the Party of the humanity. Their goal is to establisha new approach of the Law, where social justice andthe rights of peoples to self-determination are the priority.
Frédéric Le Marcis
Frédéric Le Marcis is professor of social anthropology at ENS de Lyon. His research explores health issues in West and Southern Africa and the circulation of global models of care and punishment. He is currently conducting a comparative research project on prisons in Africa.
Ivorian Human Rights Observatory (OIDH in French)
The OIDH was created in 2014. It aims at preventing and reducing the risks of political and social violence. They defend human rights through efficient observation of political and democratic governance and elaborate constructive proposals to the government. The OIDH is a Prison Insider's contributor since February 2017.
Jeunes Méthodistes ABSL
The Methodist Youth ASBL (in french Jeunes Méthodistes ASBL) is an NGO created in 2007 and based in Uvira, South-Kivu. Its fields of action are civic education, reproductive health and teaching new technologies to young people. Their actions are carried mainly in Uvira and Fizi, cities in which their radio station "Radio Tanganyika Hope of the Opressed" (RTEO) is installed.
Observatory of the Penal System and Human Rights at the University of Barcelona (OSPDH)
The Observatory of the Penal System and Human Rights (OSPDH) at the University of Barcelona includes teachers, students and professionals who research, teach and observe the criminal justice system. The OSPDH works to defend human rights and liberties and strengthen democratic values.
Together against the death penalty (ECPM)
Since 2000, ECPM has been fighting against the death penalty worldwide by uniting and rallying abolitionist forces across the world. The organisation advocates with international bodies and encourages universal abolition through education, information, and public awareness campaigns. It strengthens the capacities of abolitionist actors and acts alongside them on a local scale.
Fédération internationale des ACAT (Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture)
FIACAT is an international non-governmental human rights organisation, created in 1987, which fights for the abolition of torture and the death penalty. The Federation brings together some thirty national associations, the ACATs, present on four continents.
Fédération des Associations Réflexion Action Prison Et Justice (FARAPEJ)
The Federation of Associations Reflection Action Prison and Justice brings together French associations, which work at many different points of the criminal justice system, from the trial to leaving prison. The Federation is a Prison Insider's contributor since January 2016.
Planète Réfugiés-Droits de l'Homme (PRDH)
PRDH's mission is to foster respect of the legal principle of equity in the framework of the examination of asylum procedures in France, as well as the respect of the dignity of asylum seekers and vulnerable people in France and worldwide.
Synergies Coopération is a consultancy and training organisation founded in 2013 and specialised in the promotion and protection of human rights. More specifically, Synergies Coopération carries out research and evaluation missions in the prison environment in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Asia.
Union nationale de familles et amis de personnes malades et/ou handicapées psychiques (UNAFAM)
UNAFAM was created in 1963. It is an association recognised as being of public utility. It has 14,500 members working to promote therapies and policies that enable the social and economic integration of people living with a mental disability and fight against the stereotypes and discrimination they suffer.
La voix des oubliés
The Voice of the Forgotten (in french La voix des oubliés) stands up for the rights of people thought to be innocent, held beyond legal periods or lacking sufficient funds to pay for legal aid. The association collaborates with Prison Insider since January 2016.
The Human Rights Center (HRIDC)
The Human Rights Center is dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights, the rule of law and peace in Georgia. It is free of any political or religious affiliation. It is a Prison Insider's contributor since January 2016.
Les Même droits pour tous (MDT)
The Same Rights for All (in french Les Mêmes droits pour tous) is an NGO that defends human rights in Guinea, providing adult prisoners with free legal aid. The organisation also defends prisoners that have been tortured and delivers training programs to local magistrates.
Bureau des droits humains en Haïti (BDHH) - Biwodwamoun
Centro de Prevención, Tratamiento y Rehabilitación de las Víctimas de la Tortura y sus Familiares (CPTRT)
The Center for Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and their Families (CPTRT) was created in 1995 to fight torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in Honduras. Over the years, the CPTRT has worked on comprehensive attention of the consequences of torture and on preventive approaches such as prison programs, displaced or threatened communities, the police system and civil society in general.
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Project 39A, National Law University, Delhi
Project 39A is inspired by Article 39-A of the Indian Constitution, a provision that furthers the intertwined values of equal justice and equal opportunity by removing economic and social barriers. Using empirical research to re-examine practices and policies in the criminal justice system, Project 39A aims to trigger new conversations on legal aid, torture, DNA forensics, mental health in prisons, and the death penalty.
Antigone defends human rights within the Italian penal and penitentiary system. They organize cultural events, publish thorough investigations, offer advice to authories writing normative texts and visit prisons. The organization is a Prison Insider's contributor since november 2015.
Human Rights and Democracy Media Center "Shams"
SHAMS (Human Rights and Democracy Media Center) is a Palestinian NGO founded in 2003 in Ramallah by a group of academics, professors and human rights activists. It supports and animates the debate on democracy and human rights, with the fundamental values of equality for every human being and the interconnection of all human rights.
Center for Prisoners' rights
Center for Prisoners' Rights is Prison Insider's correspondent since December 2015. It focuses on improving and protecting human rights in Criminal Detention facilities as well as Immigration and Control facilities in order to comply with the International Standards. Its goal, set in 1995, is to achieve, ultimately, the abolition of death penalty in Japan.
Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center (JIADEP)
JIADEP'aims are to aid those who have been wrongfully arrested and wrongfully convicted, and to support the legal teams and activists involved in these cases ; to provide accurate information and effect positve changes to the Japanese criminal justice system ; to educate the public about the reality of capital punishment and seek its eradication ; to assist legal teams aiding those who face a penalty of death ; to keep the Japanese public informed of important events occurring overseas which could impact criminal justice in Japan.
Observatoire marocain des prisons (OMP)
The OMP an independent non-governmental organisation created in 1999 by human rights activists to protect and promote the rights of detainees. It acts as an observatory of penitentiary conditions in Morocco, as a unit of legal assistant to the detainees and of treatment of the grievances, as a center of research, information, training and advocacy for a more humane prison and to improve the legislative framework in accordance with international standards in this area.
Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (LIMEDDH)
The Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (in spanish Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos) fights against impunity and the violation of human rights through access to judicial representation and healthcare, as well as the prevention and the denunciation of such violations. It also acts as an intermediary between national and international bodies working in the same field. The association is a Prison Insider's contributor since january 2016.
Advocacy Forum (AF) is a non-governmental organization promoting the rule of law and upholding international human rights standards in Nepal. Since its establishment in 2001, AF has been advocating for human rights and confronting the culture of impunity. Advocacy Forum is Prison Insider’s contributor since November 2015.
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)
The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative is a Ugandan NGO founded in 1991. It aims to eliminate obstacles to the development of democracy and the enjoyment of the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda and international texts.
Justice Project Pakistan (JPP)
Justice Project Pakistan is a legal action non-governmental organization that represents the most vulnerable Pakistani prisoners facing the harshest punishments at home and abroad. JPP’s methodology includes representing individuals; educating government leaders and the public; tracking the use of the death penalty; public advocacy including radio, theatre, public events, and articles in English and Urdu media, both local and international.
The Helsinki Citizen Assembly (APADOR-CH)
The Think Centre is an independent non-governmental organization in Singapore. It critically examines issues related to political development, democracy, rule of law, human rights and civil society. Think Centre's activities include research, publishing, organizing events and networking. The Think Centre is Prison Insider’s contributor since April 2017.
Observatoire International des Prisons (OIP) - Section tchadienne
The Chadian branch of the International Prison Watch fights for the improvement of the conditions in prisons. It operates within Chadian prisons. The association is a Prison Insider's contributor since November 2015.
Coalition tunisienne contre la peine de mort (CTCPM)
Founded in 2007 and legally recognized in 2012, CTCPM is an independent non-governmental organization whose main objective is to achieve the abolition of the death penalty in Tunisia. It was elected member of the Steering Committee of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty at its 7th World Congress held in Brussels in February-March 2019.
Ligue tunisienne des droits de l'homme (LTDH)
A pioneering organization at the level of Tunisia and the Arab world, the LTDH fights for the consecration and respect of human rights in Tunisia. The organization is holder of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Organisation contre la torture en Tunisie (OCTT)
Founded in 2003 and recognized in 2011, the OCTT campaigns for the respect of human rights and for the respect of physical and moral integrity. It monitors, follows and deals with cases of torture or ill-treatment in places of detention.
Civil Society in the Penal System & Turkey's Center for Prison Studies (CISST/TCPS)
Istanbul-based CISST / TCPS was established in 2006. The CISST observes and reports on prison conditions and focuses mainly on prisoners exposed to specific situations (LGBTI, lifers, foreigners, disabled persons, women...). The TCPS, an offshoot of CISST, aims to mobilize the interest of academics and researchers.
Human Rights Information Centre
The Human Rights Information Centre (HRIC) is an Ukrainian organization which provides quality information, support important public initiatives, provide expert support to human rights defenders and the media, and disseminate reliable information. The HRIC is a Prison Insider’s contributor since May 2017.
Ukraine Without Torture
Ukraine without torture was created to unite on the basis of the unity of interests the individuals involved in the implementation of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) and support the idea of eliminating torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. It is Prison Insider’s contributor since June 2017.
Rolando Arbesún Rodriguez
Rolando Arbesún is a prison expert in Uruguay. During his rich professional career, he has worked as researcher and teacher in several countries of the region, as prison warden, and as consultant for the National Rehabilitation Institute. He is an advocate for prisoner's rights. He was also the first director of Punta Rieles, a model prison in Uruguay that offers alternative methods of imprisonment. Rolando Arbesún is a Prison Insider contributor since June 2017.
World coalition against the death penalty
World organization against torture - SOS Torture network
Plateforme des droits de l'Homme (PDH)
Agir ensemble pour les droits de l’homme (AEDH)
Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
French Association of Criminology (AFC)
Lyon Bar Association
Paris Bar Association
Barreau de Paris Solidarité
Accounting firm Robert Ohayon
Research centre for criminal law of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Centre d'études et de recherche sur la diplomatie, l'administration publique et le politique (CERDAP2)
Centro de Estudios Justicia & Sociedad (Chile)
The National Consultative Commission on Human Rights - France
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Council of Europe
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
National Federation of Associations of Assistance and Reinsertion (FNARS)
Fondation de France
Fondation Un monde par tous
Institue for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR)
La Fabrique AVIVA
Laboratoire d'analyse et de modélisation de systèmes d'aide à la décision (LAMSADE)
Le Mouvement d'action sociale (MAS)
Les Ouvriers Qualifiés
Métropole de Lyon
French ministry for Europe and foreign affairs
International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF)
Région Auvergne Rhônes-Alpes
Union nationale de familles et amis de personnes malades et/ou handicapées psychiques (UNAFAM)
Ville de Lyon
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