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Penal Reform International (PRI)

bnpri.gif (2366 bytes)PRI is a non-governmental international organization. It was set up in at a meeting in London, the UK, on 12 November 1989. PRI has more than 500 members in five continents and in over 80 countries. PRI develops programs on a regional basis, assisting non-governmental organizations and individuals to establish projects in their countries and promoting the exchange of information and good practice between countries with related conditions. PRI has Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOS) and the Council of Europe, and Observer Status with the African Commission on Human Rights.

Since 1990 MCPR has been working in close cooperation with PRI on quite a number of different projects.


Two new offices of Penal Reform International have been recently opened in Moscow and Warsaw. They will be dealing with issues of penal reform in East and Central Europe and Central Asia.

PRI Moscow office mailing address: PO Box 62, Sergeyev, Moscow 125047, Russian Federation; tel./fax: (095) 250 8608; e-mail: PRI Warsaw office: 2/30 Falata Street, 02-534 Warsaw, Poland; tel./fax: (48) 22 49 00 25; e-mail:


“Open Society ” Institute

oci.gif (607 bytes)TOWARDS THE RULE OF LAW

This project was developed by the Moscow Center for Prison Reform and started in August 1997 under the support of Tacis Democracy Programme of the European Union and the “Open Society” Institute (Moscow). The partner to the project was Penal Reform International, London based non-governmental organization seeking to promote penal reform around the world.


Significant progress achieved by Russia in the legislative reform has been accompanied by the constant deterioration in the human rights respect in different spheres of social life.
Our aim is real, actual legal reform to meet the needs of all the people of Russia. It is necessary to overcome the gap between legislative declarations and practice, to create the mechanisms of practical implementation of the constitutional rights of people. The TOWARDS THE RULE OF LAW Project provides for active involvement in the process of legal reform of non-governmental organizations and all those who support democratic changes with the use of the potential of the Russia’s provinces.
The TOWARDS THE RULE OF LAW Project is focused on the criminal justice and penal systems. Special attention is to be paid to the promotion of human rights of prisoners, victims of crime and abuses of power. However, the Program will contribute to the legal reform a as whole.

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