Some violations reported in Mandalay prisons
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.