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The photo exhibition, "Parallel", is organized in Vienna (23-27 April 2012) in the framework of the European Union (EU) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Project “Support to Prison Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

The exhibition is conducted in the framework of the 21st session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice which is attended by around 800 people, 111 states and 38 NGOs. One of the key issues discussed at the Crime Commission was revision of Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Based on visits to the majority of prisons in different areas of Kyrgyzstan, three photographers, including Mr. Alessandro Scotti, former UNODC Goodwill Ambassador (Italy), Mr. Alimjan Zhorobaev (Kyrgyzstan) and Mr. Maxim Shubovich (Kyrgyzstan) present unique insights into the ordinary life of prisoners as well as prison staff in the penitentiary facilities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The opening ceremony in Vienna was attended by Lidia Imanalieva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations, Ambassador Gyorgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the International Organizations in Vienna and Mr. Yury Fedotov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UNODC.

To increase awareness of the general public in Kyrgyzstan about challenges faced by the prison service of the Kyrgyz Republic exhibition "Parallel" will also be officially opened in American University for Central Asia on April 26, 2012 at 12:00 (205, Abdimomunova str.). It will be open for public from 26 to 28 April 2012.

The overall objective of the European Union and UN Office on Drugs and Crime Project "Support to prison reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” is to strengthen the rule of law by supporting further reform of the prison service. The project is made up of the mutually reinforcing key components which include reform of the legal/normative basis for prison reform, building the management capacity of the prison service, improving sanitary conditions in prisons, developing prison policies to create income generating activities for prisoners, to promote social reintegration of prisoners and developing policies and strategies for prison reform.

For more information, please contact Vera Tkachenko, Manager of the EU / UNODC Project,

Tel: +996 312 32 17 32, m.0555787912, e-mail or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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