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Prisoners’ rights emphasized when United Nations (UN) police trained prison officers

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  Human rights are universal They encompass each one of us including women and men in prison Explaining the existence and importance of protecting prisoners rights was the main focus of a three day capacity building forum recently organized in Bor by UN police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in Sudan of the South UNMISS Bringing all prison officers in South Sudan up to speed is as Maj Gen Isaac Mabil Choul director of the National Correctional Services in Jonglei state admitted a work in progress We are still in transition from guerrilla like rules but as our knowledge of correct procedures grows we are gradually approaching international standards for the treatment of inmates he said The substance of such international standards was discussed in depth by the 50 participating officers 24 of whom were women as were a handful of national laws relating to the rights and stipulated protection of prisoners Prison riots and instances of fights between groups of inmates have not always been handled properly sometimes resulting in both vulnerable prisoners and guards being threatened or even injured For this reason conflict management and how to maintain both staff and inmates were part of the technical advice offered by the UN police officers who delivered the training Modern laws give prisoners the right to decent living conditions and to be protected when there are tensions and the risk of violence breaking out said Maj Gen Priscilla Nyankot Kuot Director of Gender Affairs at the National Prison Service who he also praised the inclusion of a gender perspective during the workshop The fact that gender based violence sexual or otherwise is a crime wherever it occurs including behind bars was constantly highlighted throughout the training It is essential that prison officials understand the human rights implications involved in law enforcement practices We want and need corrections officers to become good ambassadors for human rights and the protection of all civilians both inside prisons and in their communities said UNMISS Police Adviser Paskazia Raymond concluding the session capacity development
Prisoners’ rights emphasized when United Nations (UN) police trained prison officers

1 Human rights are universal.

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2 They encompass each one of us, including women and men in prison.

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3 Explaining the existence and importance of protecting prisoners’ rights was the main focus of a three-day capacity-building forum recently organized in Bor by UN police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in Sudan.

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4 of the South (UNMISS).

5 Bringing all prison officers in South Sudan up to speed is, as Maj. Gen. Isaac Mabil Choul, director of the National Correctional Services in Jonglei state, admitted, a work in progress.

6 “We are still in transition from guerrilla-like rules, but as our knowledge of correct procedures grows, we are gradually approaching international standards for the treatment of inmates,” he said.

7 The substance of such international standards was discussed in depth by the 50 participating officers, 24 of whom were women, as were a handful of national laws relating to the rights and stipulated protection of prisoners.

8 Prison riots and instances of fights between groups of inmates have not always been handled properly, sometimes resulting in both vulnerable prisoners and guards being threatened or even injured.

9 For this reason, conflict management and how to maintain both staff and inmates were part of the technical advice offered by the UN police officers who delivered the training.

10 “Modern laws give prisoners the right to decent living conditions and to be protected when there are tensions and the risk of violence breaking out,” said Maj. Gen. Priscilla Nyankot Kuot, Director of Gender Affairs at the National Prison Service, who he also praised the inclusion of a gender perspective during the workshop.

11 The fact that gender-based violence, sexual or otherwise, is a crime wherever it occurs, including behind bars, was constantly highlighted throughout the training.

12 “It is essential that prison officials understand the human rights implications involved in law enforcement practices.

13 We want and need corrections officers to become good ambassadors for human rights and the protection of all civilians, both inside prisons and in their communities,” said UNMISS Police Adviser Paskazia Raymond, concluding the session.

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