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Rights behind bars: the conditions and treatment of those in detention

Human Rights Public Lecture

Date: Thursday 9 December 2004
Time: 6.00pm
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Anne Owers
Chair: Professor Peter Townsend

'I strongly believe that the way societies treat those who have been deprived of their liberty is a litmus test of commitment to human rights' (Rt Hon Jack Straw).

Yet our prisons are overcrowded and over-used, with a rising suicide rate, particularly among the most vulnerable.  Independent inspection of prisons and other places of detention is a key part of the international human rights framework; shining a light into closed institutions.  And recent events in Iraq have shown what can happen without independent scrutiny.  On the eve of International Human Rights Day, Anne Owers reflects on three years of inspecting the conditions and treatment of prisoners and detainees in England and Wales, and the messages this has for places of detention, the criminal justice system and society.

Anne Owers has been HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales since August 2001.  She was previously Director of JUSTICE and a member of various Government committees including the Home Office Task Force on the implementation of the Human Rights Act and the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct.  She has carried out work on human rights, asylum and the provision of legal services.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.  Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. 

For further information contact Joy Whyte: email j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6428.