Areas of Work

Justice & Prisons

The annual UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is the main forum for identifying good practice and making international policy in relation to criminal justice. Quakers attend the annual Commission, and the Crime Congresses (that take place every 5 years), to give information and make recommendations on issues of concern to Quakers worldwide. Areas of particular interest for Quakers internationally are: restorative justice, mediation, community participation in justice, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), women prisoners, children of incarcerated parents, prison conditions, mental health of prisoners, firearms control, life imprisonment and the death penalty.

Quaker delegations to the Crime Commission and Crime Congress have been active participants, initiating ancillary meetings and workshops. Due to their noted expertise, they have been invited to participate in expert meetings and seminars on issues including women prisoners, prisoner consultation and the treatment of prisoners. Additionally, studies undertaken for QUNO and the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) have fed into and influenced UN criminal justice codes and guidelines.

Quaker participants serve on a voluntary basis as representatives of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), which is also a member of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council (ISPAC) to the UN Criminal Justice Programme.

Recent Timeline Events

May 2015

QUNO co-hosts side event at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna

QUNO, together with Friends World Committee for Consultation and Penal Reform International, is hosting a side event at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna on Friday, 22 May 2015. The event presents an opportunity for further discussion following the presentation to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice​ (CCPCJ) of the ninth quinquennial report of the UN Secretary-General on "Capital punishment and implementation of the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty." Further details are available in the flyer below. 

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April 2015

QUNO hosts event on children of incarcerated parents at the 13th UN Congress of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

QUNO's Laurel Townhead and Rachel Brett presented the findings of the COPING project, a transnational research project looking at the impact of parental incarceration on the mental health and well being of children at the Thirteenth UN Congress of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar.

The COPING project examined ways criminal justice professionals and others can support children's resilience and the session will cover recent developments in the UN human rights system in the promotion and protection of the rights of children of incarcerated parents, including children of parents sentenced to death. Following the presentations was an opportunity to discuss these issues and to share examples of national practice.

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