Global links


These links go to organisations which publish or work on issues relevant for prison chaplaincy or the general well being of prisoners.


Roman-Catholic Church

>> Vatican
Official website of the Vatican, with all encyclicals, the Catechism, papal sermons etc.



>> International Prison Chaplaincy Association (IPCA)
International ecumenical organisation of and for prison chaplains.


Research and publications

>> International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation
Promoting studies in the field of the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders.

>> Centrum voor religie, ethiek & detentie - Belgium
The way citizens are punished exposes the moral and philosophical nerves of a society. Reflection on this is not just a matter of specialists and technicians, but of society as a whole. The Center for Religion, Ethics and Detention at KU Leuven stimulates that reflection through research and teaching.
Website in dutch.

>> Universitair Centrum voor Geestelijke Verzorging - Netherlands
Ecumenical Centre for pastoral/Theological research and education on issies concerning prison chaplaincy. The Centre is an initiative of Tilburg School of Catholic Theology , Tilburg Law School (Tilburg University) and the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam/Groningen).
Website in dutch.

>> Justice Reflections - UK
In 2022, the long-running journal Justice Reflections ceased publication. On the site you may find the archives.

>> World Prison Brief - UK
The World Prison Brief is an online database providing free access to information on prison systems around the world. It is a unique resource, which supports evidence-based development of prison policy and practice globally.


United Nations

>> United Nations
Official website of the UN Organisation.

>> United Nations Organisation on Drugs and Criminality

>> UN Committee against Torture

>> Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
Website in Spanish with digital library with reports and documents on human rights en prison situations.


Regional international organizations

>> African Commission on Human and People's Rights
Official Commission on the African Human and People's Rights Treaty.

>> Asian Human Rights Commission
The AHRC is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region, and to mobilise Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations.

>> Council of Europe
European organization to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

>> European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Committee of the Council of Europe.

>> European Court of Human Rights
Texts and case-law on human rights.

>> Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Texts and case-law on human rights.


Non-governmental organizations

>> Amnesty International
International NGO which supports political prisoners.

>> Association for the Prevention of Torture
Swiss based international NGO which focuses on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. With practical tools to download in several languages.

>> Coalition of International Non-Governmental Organisations against Torture
The World Organisation Against Torture works with 200 member organisations to end torture and ill-treatment, assist victims, and protect human rights defenders at risk wherever they are.

>> International Commission of Jurists

>> International Committee of the Red Cross

International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture

>> International Federation for Human Rights
Worldwide international federation of 178 human rights organisations.

>> International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

>> Penal Reform International
International operating NGO which addresses the rights of suspects, offenders and prisoners, and tries to develop alternatives for a just criminal justice system.