Prison Watch Public Association
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||23/2 Academician Mustafa Topchubashov street
Baku AZ 1022
|Region:||Central and Western Asia|
|UN Languages:||English, Russian|
Other:'Human Rights, Rule of Law, Health,'
||"Prison Watch" Public Association was founded as well as recognised by the government in 2004. It's primary mission is the protection of rights and legal interests of persons held in detention places, as well as preparation and implementation of reforms in the penitentiary system of the Azerbaijan Republic. Basic directions of the organization’s activities include monitoring of confinement institutions, protection of convicts’ rights and freedoms, their social welfare, legal education, international cooperation and so on.
Furthermore "Prison Watch" Public Association aims at developing convicts’ (especially women and youth) legal knowledge, as well as strengthen their links with their social surrounding, raise their interest in labour, education, literature, culture and sport, and enrich their spare time.
The Association started publishing the “Convict and Society” monthly newspaper in August 2005 for prisoners. As a newspaper addressed to a special group of readers, the “Convict and Society” aims at reintegrating convicts into the society. In addition, the Association renders free legal service to confined persons through the newspaper. The newspaper is spread on a free of charge basis among prisoners via the Penitentiary Service of the AR Justice Ministry.
Within the framework of the monitoring program of confinement institutions, the Association employees provide regular monthly monitoring of penal institutions since May 2005. Monitoring results are submitted to relevant state bodies and human rights organizations.