Prisons Reform Seminar Concluded [Archives:1998/40/Local News]

October 5 1998

Organized by the Human Rights Information & Qualifying Center, Taiz, in cooperation the Penal Reform International Organization, France, and the British Council, Sanaa, a seminar was held during September 28-29. The main purpose of the seminar was to gain public and political support for the program to be launched between September and March aiming at raising awareness among the public and the people in charge of prisons of human rights issues.
The recommendations of the seminar stressed the importance of allowing NGOs to visit and monitor the conditions of prisons and prisoners. The participants also affirmed the necessity of training prison staff. This should be done in coordination with the international organizations, establishing a school for this purpose.
The seminar also recommended educational programs, and sports and recreational activities for prisoners.