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MCS form committee to implement prison reform

Mariyam Malsa
28 January 2020, MVT 12:30
A meeting of Maldives Correctional Service chaired by the Commissioner of Prisons. PHOTO: MCS
Mariyam Malsa
28 January 2020, MVT 12:30

Maldives Correctional Service (MCS), on Monday formed a committee to implement the recommendations outlined in the 2019 audit report compiled on Maldivian prisons.

MCS stated that the committee would be charged with implementing the recommendations as well as monitoring progress on the efforts to do so.

The 290-page report prepared by the Prison Audit Commission in April 2019 detailed the changes necessary for prison reform and listed over 180 suggestions on improvement.

In 2019, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Nils Melzer also stressed that there were various issues within Maldivian detention facilities.

Shortly following his appointment on January 21, Commissioner of Prisons Ahmed Mohamed assured that the concerns noted in the Prison Audit Commission's report would be addressed and rectified.

Former Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz was dismissed from his post in the aftermath of unrest at Maafushi Prison and the subsequent increase of public criticism concerning the lack of prison reform and inmate rights.

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