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Sierra Leone’s Correctional Centres Working to Improve Treatment of Prisoners


The Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Nairobi Office recently completed a two-day meeting for managers from all 16 of Sierra Leone’s correctional centres, as well as regional commanders and headquarters officers.

The event aimed to follow up on action plans developed at a workshop in May to increase compliance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and other relevant international standards.

human rights africa prisonsAll participants were invited to present their successes and challenges implementing the plans, and worked together to develop new initiatives for the future.

“While there is always room for further improvement, it was great to hear about some of the key achievements to date, in areas including family contact, medical examinations, disciplinary procedures and sanitation,” says Josh Ounsted, Director of RWI’s Nairobi office.