Some vi­o­la­tions re­ported in Man­dalay pris­ons

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The Myan­mar Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion said it dis­cov­ered some hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions while car­ry­ing out the in­spec­tion of pris­ons in Man­dalay Re­gion.

THE Myan­mar Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion noted hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions dur­ing its on-going in­spec­tion of pris­ons in Man­dalay Re­gion, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

The of­fi­cial said that while the vi­o­la­tions were not ram­pant and wide­spread, the in­spec­tion team en­coun­tered some cases dur­ing the on­go­ing in­spec­tions.

“We didn’t find many vi­o­la­tions but there were still a few that we noted. Mostly the cases hap­pened be­cause of the ju­nior of­fi­cers’ be­hav­iours,” U Yu Lwin Aung, a mem­ber of the com­mis­sion told The Myan­mar Times.

A team from the com­mis­sion is con­duct­ing a five-day in­spec­tion trip on all pris­ons in Man­dalay Re­gion to check if the rights of the in­mates are re­spected, said U Yu Lwin Aung.

On the first day of the trip, the in­spec­tion team vis­ited the Man­dalay Courts Pris­ons and prison labour camps for stone ex­trac­tion to de­ter­mine whether the in­mate’s rights were re­spected.

“The Man­dalay Htone Bo stone ex­trac­tion la­bor camp (1) (2) and Htone Bo women stone ex­trac­tion labour camp had been checked and the sec­ond tar­gets are cus­todies in towns, po­lice forces’ cus­todies and hos­pi­tals’ cus­todies,” said U Yu Lwin Aung.

“We will an­nounce our find­ings af­ter we have fin­ished our in­spec­tions about the hu­man rights in Myan­mar pris­ons and cus­todies,’’ he said.

The team will de­scribe the weak­nesses in the pris­ons and make an of­fi­cial re­port to the re­lated gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions which will take ac­tions based on the re­port, U Yu Lwin Aung added.

The team will note vi­o­la­tions they ob­served in ev­ery prison and send an of­fi­cial let­ter to the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, to­gether with the re­port of Myan­mar Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion about prison con­di­tions in Myan­mar.

The com­mis­sion has al­ready checked the prison from Lashio and Hsi­paw in Shan State on Au­gust 8 and met with the ar­rested jour­nal­ists in Hsi­paw.

The com­mis­sion will check all the pris­ons through­out the coun­try to de­ter­mine the con­di­tions of pris­on­ers.

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