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Second Meeting of Public Defenders and First Meeting of Ibero-American Prison Systems for gender justice, conclude in San Jose, Costa Rica ...

From 30 July to 1 August 2013 in San José, Costa Rica, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN) collaborated with the Gender and Justice Foundation of Costa Rica, and the Costa Rica Ministry of Justice,to facilitate the Second Meeting of Public Defenders and the First Meeting of Ibero American Prison Systems.The event's main objective was to promote the implementation of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules) .

Public Defenders and representatives of prison systems from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay participated in the meeting which was realized within the framework of Project GLOT63 "Support to crime prevention and criminal justice reform". UNODC experts in Prison Reform, Ms. Piera Barzano (UNODC Headquarters in Vienna) and Ms. Maria-Noel Rodríguez (UNODC ROPAN), as well as regional authorities, were also amongst the participants.

One of the key achievements of the event was the signature of a Declaration by which the participating countries agreed to refer the UNODC consultative mechanism on issues related to the application and implementation of the Bangkok Rules. Furthermore, the Gender and Justice Foundation was appointed asthe technical secretariat of the meetings, and will be supported in this capacity by UNODC. The Foundation and UNODC will thus be responsible for collecting and systematizing examples of good practices and case law for the implementation and application of the Bangkok Rules throughout the region.