Prisons officials asked to uphold inmates’ rights

Musanze – Prisons officers drawn from different jails yesterday completed three-day workshop on international human rights laws. The training, which was organized by the National Human Rights Commission, in partnership with the UN, covered minimum standard rules for the treatment of prisoners, standards of living and health, including rights of women inmates.

Musanze – Prisons officers drawn from different jails yesterday completed three-day workshop on international human rights laws.

The training, which was organized by the National Human Rights Commission, in partnership with the UN, covered minimum standard rules for the treatment of prisoners, standards of living and health, including rights of women inmates.

According to Sylvie Zainabu Kayitesi, the president of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Rwanda’s prison officials are required to observe both international and regional instruments, as well as national laws on the rights of detainees.

“If you respect the code of conduct as stipulated by the law, then the rights of detainees will be respected. This has implications on the image of the country on the protection of human rights,’’ Kayitesi said.

She asked participants to collaborate with other institutions, especially the judiciary and prosecution, for proper storage of dossiers to help expedite trials.

At the closing ceremony, Maître Laurent Nkongore, a commissioner with NHRC, observed that there had been a positive evolution regarding protection of and respect for the rights of prisoners in the country.

Participants also trained on the rights and treatment of people living with HIV/Aids, convention on torture and discrimination, among others.

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