Citizens Watch is a human rights NGO initiated in 1992 by a group of Russian human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and deputies to the Russian Parliament and to the St. Petersburg City Council. The founders' goals were to assist in establishing parliamentary and civic control over police, security service, and armed forces, and to help prevent violations of constitutional rights by these governmental agencies.
Citizens Watch sees its strategic priority in bringing the Russian legislation related to human rights and the practice of its application closer to international legal standards. We arrange seminars, conferences and study visits for Russian judges, lawyers and law enforcement officers to the countries of traditional democracy. We translate and publish guidelines and international documents on the functioning of courts and police in a democratic society, as well as rights-related literature aimed to raise the legal awareness of Russian citizens.Learn more
2005 - 2010 Providing supervision and social rehabilitation of offenders in community-based alternatives to prison.
2009 - 2011 Establishing Legal Aid Centres Network
Senior officers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, Perm Region, studied the experience of the United Kingdom in probation work.
The final stage of the training course "Working with offenders in the community" took place in Perm from 25 to 28 February 2013 at the Training Centre for Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.
The project aimed at the development of the probation service in Russia has been implemented by the St. Petersburg human rights organization "Citizens' Watch" in the frames of Bilateral Projects Programme funded by the UK Foreign Office, with the support of Vladimir Lukin, Ombudsman in the Russian Federation, Tatiana Margolina, Ombudswoman in Perm Region, and Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia at the federal and regional levels.
Trainers: Andrew Bernhardt and Keith Davies, UK.
Trainees: 22 correctional officers and psychologists of Russian Federal Penitentiary Service.
On 20-21st January Citizens' Watch held the first event of the bilateral project (Russia - the Netherlands), a two-day seminar "European Standards in Civil and Criminal Proceedings."
The seminar was opened by Mr. Jennes de Mol, Consul-General of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg.