Prison monitoring by the civil society: a document for European institutions

On Monday 28 June 2021, Antigone was invited to participate in a meeting organised by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Union.

The pandemic has shown even more clearly the need for an external view and expertise, to complement independent inspection bodies and playing a role that does not overlap with theirs.

Indeed, the sudden interruption of information between inside and outside, the lack of institutional transparency during the pandemic, the request for help from civil society in strategic areas show that civil society monitoring initiatives are essential for the respect of the rights of inmates and for the prevention of torture and abuses.

On behalf of the European Prison Observatory, and with the support of the Worlrd Organisation against Torture, Antigone has asked to the European institutions to put pressure on Member States to allow civil society organisations access to prisons.

To read the document presented to the European institutions, see here.

COVID-19: what is happening in European prisons?

The following information on prisons in different European countries has been collected in the last few weeks thanks to the work of the European Prison Observatory members. Please note that the situation is constantly changing and that this information might already be out of date.
The information presented in the report published here and in the map shown below will be updated in the next days.

Read Report 25.03 - Read update 03.04 - Read update 10.04 

Read update 17.04 - Read update 24.04 - Read update 30.04

Read update 08.05 - Read update 15.05 - Read update 26.05 

Read update 05.06



UPDATE #10 AUSTRIA, September 29th, 2020

UPDATE #11 ENGLAND & WALES, October 5th, 2020


UPDATE #13 GREECE, October 9th, 2020

UPDATE #14 HUNGARY, October 12th, 2020

UPDATE #15 ITALY, October 15th, 2020

UPDATE #16 PORTUGAL, October 19th, 2020

UPDATE #17 ROMANIA, October 14th, 2020