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Govt establishes committee to monitor prisons reform

Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 June 2019, MVT 21:07
Home Minister Imran Abdulla (L) and Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz inaugurate the programme to donate books for prisons in Maldives. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 June 2019, MVT 21:07

The government on Monday formed a committee to oversee the implementation of reform recommendations highlighted in the jail audit report.

The 5-member 'Prisons Reform Monitoring Committee' is chaired by Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla. The other members are State Minister of Home Affairs Ali Nazeer, Inspector of Correctional Service Ahmed Mohamed, Superintendent of Prisons Mohamed Asif, and Inspector of Police Izmia Zahir.

Conducting an audit of all the jails and detention centres in Maldives was one of the current administration's pledges for the first 100 days of government. The state of the prisons were inspected by a special commission.

The jail audit commission released a 290-page report on its findings in April. The report highlighted over 180 points for reform in prisons in Maldives, noting that most of them were unsuitable for human dwelling.

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