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.
P R I NEWS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. PRI Warsaw
office: 2/30 Falata Street, 02-534 Warsaw, Poland; tel./fax: (48) 22 49 00 25;
“Open Society ”
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.
FROM THE RIGHTS DECLARED TO THE RIGHTS RESPECTED
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.