Ministry of Interior actively investigates recent reports by Human Rights Commission citing bad conditions in Afghan prisons
Recently Human Rights Commission released negative reports regarding bad condition in some of Afghanistan prisons.
The Ministry of Interior rejects these reports, claiming it has repeated offered inspection opportunities to Human Rights Commission representatives to inspect prison facilities in order to verify human rights are properly observed in the prisons. The Ministry of Interior has evidence various international agencies have confirmed their satisfaction that human rights requirements are being met in the prisons.
The report also contradicts earlier statements by Human Rights Commission representatives the prisons were complying with requirements.
The Ministry of Interior is committed to respecting human rights, Afghanistan laws and International Convention regulations. It strives to always respect human rights, conduct regular inspections of prisoner conditions, and eliminate prisoner abuses.
Based on Act Number 6, on May 19, 2011, the Afghan Ministers Council transferred the responsibility of all Afghan prisons from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Interior. Officially, prison responsibilities were handed over to the Ministry of Interior on January 10, 2012.
After prison oversight transition to the Ministry of Interior, representatives have conducted thorough inspections of various prisons, paying close attention to any facility shortcomings needing to be addresses.
Therefore, the Interior Minister has traveled to 12 provinces; as a result necessary measures were taken to address prisoner problems. Also in order to have reforms and order in prison affairs, all prison authorities including Central Prison were replaced.
Minister of Interior during his official travels to different provinces has investigated prisoner rights, living condition, livelihood, medication, security, and some other facility shortcomings needing to be address in prison. Since Minister’s travel till present, there were a lot of progress and prisoner are also appreciating the Ministry of Interior’s effort.
Currently, 15 modern Buildings and seven Detention Houses were newly built and three prison buildings will be completed soon.
Prisoner rights, living condition, livelihood, medication, security, better feeding, and education is one of priorities for the Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of Interior leadership has close attention to solve these problems and one of it is travel priority to the provinces was to address prisoner problems.
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