On the 24th May at 14.20, as part of the side events to the 26th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, in conjunction with the European External Actions Service, the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the International Organisations in Vienna, and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations have organised an event entitled: Exploring the potential of cross-border cooperation in criminal matters: From non-custodial provisions to monitoring mechanisms.
Opportunities to strengthen human rights compliant cross border cooperation in criminal matters, in the context of prison conditions will be discussed. Particular areas involving cross border cooperation such as extradition, European Arrest Warrants, and transfer of prisoners that give rise to practical obstacles as well as human rights challenges will be raised, and discussed in light of various measures and legislative developments from the EU and beyond. Promising examples of cross-border practices will be highlighted including:
- use of alternatives to detention in cross border cases that usually give rise to imprisonment (e.g. European Supervision Order),
- engaging with national and regional monitoring bodies,
- considering the transfer of prisoners as part of a rehabilitation focused punishment,
- the use of guidelines i.e. UN Handbook on Transfers, the UNODC Checklist
- application of international standards i.e. Mandela rules to improve prison conditions necessary for the compliant return, transfer, or surrender of prisoners.
Panellists to include representatives from the UNODC, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, the European External Action Service and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.