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GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Punishment, commonly, is the imposition of an undesirable or unpleasant outcome upon a group or individual, meted out by an authority—in contexts ranging from child discipline to criminal law—as a response and deterrent to a particular action or behavior that is deemed undesirable or unacceptable. It is, however, possible to distinguish between various different understandings of what punishment is.

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Organizations relating to Punishment

African Jurists' Association / Dakar, Senegal / Est. 1979
African Correctional Services Association / Pretoria, South Africa / Est. 2008
Comité européen pour la prévention de la torture et des peines ou traitements inhumains ou dégradants / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1987
Arab Coalition Against the Death Penalty / Amman, Jordan / Est. 2007
Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network / Est. 2006
Forum Africain contra la peine de mort / Lomé, Togo
Centre de recherche en matière pénale - Fernand Boulan / Aix-en-Provence, France / Est. 1989
Howard League for Penal Reform / London, UK / Est. 1921
Scandinavian Association for Penal Reform / Est. 1968
Meeting of Commonwealth Correctional Administrators / London, UK
Convention on the International Right of Correction / Est. 1953
Convention Concerning the Abolition of Penal Sanctions for Breaches of Contract of Employment by Indigenous Workers / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1955
Benelux Treaty on the Execution of Legal Decisions in Penal Matters / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1968
Convention for the Prevention of Terrorism and Punishment of Terrorism / Est. 1937
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, Including Diplomatic Agents / Est. 1973
International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to Penal Jurisdiction in Matters of Collision or other Incidents of Navigation / Est. 1952
Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1990
Convention to Prevent and Punish the Acts of Terrorism Taking the Form of Crimes Against Persons and Related Extortion That Are of International Significance / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1971
Treaty on International Penal Law, 1940 / Est. 1940
Benelux Treaty on Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Penal Matters / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1962
Convention Concerning Penal Sanctions for Breaches of Contracts of Employment by Indigenous Workers / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1939
Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1985
Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1994
Agreement for the Prosecution and Punishment of the Major War Criminals of the European Axis / Est. 1945
Treaty on International Penal Law, 1889 / Est. 1889
Convention Européenne sur L'exécution des Peines / Est. 1991
Benelux Convention on a Uniform Law Concerning Progressive Penalties for Non-compliance / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1973
Collectif européen contre l'impunité
World Punishment Organization
Faithworks Worldwide / Miami FL, USA
International Association of Coalitions Against the Death Penalty / Buizingen, Belgium / Est. 2000
Cour pénale internationale / Est. 1937
Asian Conference of Correctional Facilities and Planners / Est. 2011
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide / Est. 1948
International Union of Penal Law / Est. 1889
International Bureau for the Unification of Penal Law / Est. 1926
World Coalition Against the Death Penalty / Montreuil, France / Est. 2002
Protocol no 2 to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1993
Protocol no 1 to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1993
European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1987
Protocol no 6 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Concerning the Abolition of the Death Penalty / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1983
European Convention on the Punishment of Road Traffic Offences / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1964
International Circle of Penal Abolitionists / Sydney NSW, Australia / Est. 1982
Arab Penal Reform Organization / Bernex, Switzerland
Hands Off Cain - Citizens' and Parliamentarians' League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty Worldwide / Rome, Italy / Est. 1994
International Community Corrections Association / Columbus OH, USA / Est. 1963
International Commission against the Death Penalty / Madrid, Spain / Est. 2010
End Corporal Punishment / London, UK / Est. 2001
Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children / Vienna, Austria / Est. 2000
International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation / Est. 1951

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Action Strategies relating to Punishment

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Abolishing death penalty
Protecting the environment through criminal prosecution
Punishing violators of human rights
Punishing war criminals
Imposing capital punishment
Delivering retributive justice
Promoting cross-cultural correctional research
Judging criminals
Re-socializing individuals
Deterring crime with legal information
Using paramilitary forces
Sustaining correctional constructs
Providing punitive constructs
Advocating capital punishment as a deterrent
Privatizing prisons
Providing inadequate punishment of international criminals in their own countries
Increasing effectiveness of war crime prosecution
Increasing effectiveness of correctional institutions
Fostering penal progress
Punishing military desertion
Applying punitive discipline
Requiring restitution for criminal offences
Providing equitable punishment
Regulating penal systems
Providing penal systems

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