Responses to prison overcrowding: conference in Strasbourg

Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, Room 1) 24-25 April 2019
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A conference will bring together prosecutors, judges and criminal law experts to examine possible steps throughout the criminal justice process - notably the pre-trial, sentencing and enforcement phases - to tackle the recurring problem of overcrowding in many prisons in Europe. Participants will also discuss ways to apply the recommendations contained in the White Paper on prison overcrowding adopted by Council of Europe´s criminal law experts in 2016. Another topic on the agenda are crime rates and rates of imprisonment in Europe, following the recently published SPACE survey for 2018 on prison populations. Organised by the Council of Europe with support from the European Commission, the conference will be held under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Speakers at the opening include Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Justice and Consumers of the European Commission Tiina Astola and European Committee for the Prevention of Torture president Mykola Gnatovskyy. European Court of Human Rights´ judge Síofra O’Leary will deliver the keynote speech. The conference is open to media. The opening on 24 April (9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.) and the plenary sessions on 25 April (9 a.m. to 12 noon) will be webcast live on the conference website.

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04


Other events

19-22 April, North Macedonia

An PACE delegation will observe the conduct of the presidential election, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The delegation will meet, in particular, the Speaker of Parliament, presidential candidates and representatives of the State Electoral Commission, the State Commission for preventing corruption, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 21 April.

A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 22 April in Skopje (place and time to be confirmed).

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20-22 April, Ukraine

A PACE delegation will observe the 2nd round of the presidential election, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The delegation will meet, in particular, presidential candidates and representatives of the Central Election Commission, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 21 April.

A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 22 April at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kyiv (time to be confirmed.

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23 April, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing one judgment concerning Romania.

More Information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

23 April, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet with Mr Lasha Darsalia, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

24 April, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet with Right Hon Geoffrey Cox, Attorney General of the United Kingdom.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

24 April, Strasbourg

The Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees, Tomáš Boček, will publish his report on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia following his visits in July and November 2018.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 70.

24 April, Strasbourg

The Court will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of M.N. and Others v. Belgium concerning a couple, Syrian nationals, and their two children, who were refused the short-stay visas that they had requested from the Belgian embassy in Beirut with a view to applying for asylum in Belgium (9:15 a.m.).

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

25 April, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 6 judgments and/or decisions concerning Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and United-Kingdom.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

26 April, Strasbourg

The anti-torture Committee (CPT) will publish its annual report, which contains a specific section on preventing police torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Mykola Gnatovskyy, president of the CPT, and Régis Brillat, executive secretary of the CPT, will present the report at a media briefing on 25 April at 12.15 p.m. (Palais de l’Europe, Room 17).

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04


Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:
 

pressunit@coe.int
 

+33 3 88 41 25 60