April 10, 2012 ·4 Comments
MANDHEERA(SomalilandPress)–The head of the national human rights commission Madam Amina Abdillahi Ahmed accompanied members of the commission have made a surprise visit to Mandera prison, the purpose of their visit was to assess the conditions of the prison and to hear firsthand account testimonies of the prisoners on how they are treated in the jail.
The chairperson of the national human rights commission Madam Amina Abdillahi Ahmed gave a brief statement on the assessment of their commission in which she gave a general account of well being of the inmates and the conditions of the jail. The human rights commissioner was granted access to 34 prisoners of
war who are currently held in the jail, the prisoners were aligned to the Khatumo militia and were caught in the recent fighting in Buhodle, we asked them how they were treat by the authorities in the jail, they
confirmed to us that they were treat well , and that standard maximum rules of treatment of prisoners in custody has been met which was also self explanatory to us.
The chairperson also revealed the health situation in the prison was not satisfactory and much needs to be done so as to meet the required adequate standards of general medical conditions, hence the improvement of the inmates well being at the prison. She also added that she was encouraged to see the prison administration had introduced programs for inmates such as training course offered to inmates at the jail, she went on to say such vocational training courses will Help the inmates garner skill during their time in prison, hence making easier for inmates them find decent jobs when their sentences end so that they can integrate back to society.
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