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Conference in Rome: equal rights for foreign prisoners and prison overcrowding


Equal rights for foreign prisoners and prison overcrowding: central issues at an international conference in Rome

Strasbourg, 23 November, 2012 - How are foreign prisoners to be guaranteed the same rights as other prisoners? What standards should be applied to avert any form of discrimination? In which way can prison overcrowding be reduced? These questions were considered at an international conference on 22-24 November in Rome, which brought together the directors of prison administrations and probation services of the 47 Council of Europe member States.


Management of imprisoned foreigners poses a problem whose severity varies between countries. The Council of Europe 2010 statistics indicate that the proportion of foreigners in prison oscillates from 0.7% of the prison population (in Poland and Romania) to 71.6% for Switzerland, with Italy midway at 36.6%.


The participants discussed ways providing for them more adequately and preparing them for release and reintegration, in the light of Council of Europe Recommendation (2012) 12.


The conference was opened by the Italian Minister of Justice, Paola Severino and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni as keynote speakers. (more...)


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