United Nations Police train corrections officers in Eastern Equatoria State on human rights
Prison officers at the Eastern Equatoria Prisons Headquarters in Torit have received training on protecting the human rights of inmates.
The training highlighted topics such as the importance of separating prisoners based on gender, preventing sexual and gender-based violence and facilitating the reintegration of inmates back into society when they are released.
“Such trainings, when provided on a regular basis, equip us with the knowledge, skills and approach we need to properly protect the rights of prisoners. They also help our career development,” said Afaf Zacharia Kimeri, a participant.
The three-day training for 25 high-ranking and regular prison officers was organized by police officers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
“When you are trained it means that you become capable of managing prison services. You become a professional, so I appeal to you not to take this workshop lightly. You will be expected to use your new skills to meet the needs and rights of our inmates,” said Paul Adol, the State Director of Prisons.
The continued training of personnel within the South Sudan National Prisons Service also emphasizes the work and skills needed to assist released inmates to get back to non-criminal lives outside of prison.
“Your conduct should be based on the laws of South Sudan and other relevant international laws and standards. Your role is critical in determining whether or not South Sudan implements the rule of law or not,” explained Cornelius Nagbe, a representative of the peacekeeping mission.
“You are not just here to keep people in custody. You have an equally important role in their reformation and reintegration into society,” he added.