- 12 December, 2017:
A three-day Peer-to-Peer workshop relative
to detention in the Indian Ocean and
focusing on the humane treatment and conditions of detention for all prison detainees kicked off yesterday at the Prison Training School in Beau-Bassin in presence of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms, Mr Maneesh Gobin and other eminent personalities.
In his address, Mr Maneesh Gobin reiterated Government’s priority to ensure that the best practices and the highest standards of human rights are upheld in all spheres. He underlined that services being offered in prisons are particularly under the constant observation of the United Nations Committee against Torture which focuses on the prison system and situation prevailing within.
Minister Gobin emphasised that striking the right balance of maintaining discipline while implementing best practices is a tedious job. According to him, for Mauritius to secure a good reputation on the international landscape, it is imperative that the country demonstrates its advocacy for the best practices in prisons.
He also pointed out that Government has implemented various conventions and legislations to ensure the best related practices in the country. He concluded by highlighting that the workshop which enables the sharing of knowledge and experience among various regions is an opportunity to engage in a constructive and interactive dialogue and key to further achieve this aim.
For his part, the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr P.Appadoo, underscored that the workshop reflects the principles of the Human Rights Day since its focus is ultimately on upgrading the services offered to prisoners. He highlighted that the central theme of the workshop relates to humanitarian needs in prisons and sheds light on the substantial efforts made to improve the conditions of prisoners.
He pointed out that he is aware of the various issues and difficulties being faced in prison institutions, such as overcrowding, security and vulnerable groups, amongst others. In this regard, the interregional dialogue will help to come up with various strategies in view of promoting the best practices in the prison setting and assuring the human rights of prisoners, he added.
The workshop, an initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Mauritius Prison Service, is being attended by representatives from Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and the Comoros.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The ICRC provides support to the national committee of international humanitarian law and runs a training programme for police forces on human rights principles applicable to the use of force in law-enforcement operations.
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