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What are the conditions for convicted prisoners in Finnish prisons?
On 19 April 2024, the Ombudsman visited the office of the Chancellor of Justice as part of an event organized for the Ombudsman of Central Asia in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Rule of Law Centre at the University of Helsinki.

This ancient institution, predates the institution of the ombudsman, which has been functioning in Finland for more than 100 years.

The Chancellor of Justice is the highest public official in Finland, appointed by the President of Finland for an indefinite period of time. He hears appeals from officials, including ministers, judges and prosecutors. It is also possible to initiate criminal proceedings against officials suspected of illegal activities. The Chancellor of Justice also exercises judicial oversight over the impartial and lawful operation of courts and other judicial bodies.

Vice Chancellor of Justice Mikko Puumalainen familiarized the participants with these and other powers of the Chancellor of Justice and the procedure for handling applications.

In addition, the Ombudsman of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan visited Helsinki prison and studied the conditions created for convicts. It is noted that convicts can only approach the Finnish Ombudsman through the prison administration.

Finnish prisons also focus on vocational training, education and quality health care for prisoners.

The prison, which has a capacity of more than 300 inmates, has created conditions for online education for inmates in schools and colleges. They can also use books from the Central Library on request, in addition to the prison library.

The ombudsman of the Central Asian states also reviewed the living conditions, food, medical care of convicts, as well as the conditions created for convicts with disabilities.

This visit completed the official trip to Finland.

It should be noted that this international event, which lasted 5 days, served to exchange experience and strengthen cooperation between the Ombudsman of Finland and Central Asian countries on modern mechanisms of human rights protection.

Press Service of the Authorized Person of the Oliy Majlis for Human Rights (Ombudsman)