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Over 120 requirements found during inspection of standards for treatment of prisoners in 27 prisons

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Officials of MNHRC inspect working process for food supplies at the jail.

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) conducted an inspection whether prisons meet the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in 27 prisons/jails in May, and found 124 requirements, according to the statement of the commission.
The inspection team led by U Tin Aung, a member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, visited Paungde Prison and Paungde Myoma Police Station’s custody on 30 May 2022. On 31 May 2022, the team visited Pyay Prison and Pyay No. (1) Police Station’s custody.
The inspection was conducted by meeting with 9,297 prisoners from 27 prisons from January to May 2022. According to the findings of the inspection, one food issue, 43 administrative issues, 49 health issues, 23 building issues, one educational issue, five hygiene issues and two drinking water issues were found.
The commission submitted the findings to the relevant union-level organizations for advice and received 99 replies, with 25 remaining. Of the 99 replies, 65 points (65.66%) have been implemented and 34 points (34.34%) ongoing, according to the MNHRC.
During the inspection, the commission also met with 30 prisoners who required separate meetings with the commission officials under Sections 43/44 of the Commission’s Law.
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission was formed under Notification No 34/2011 dated 5 September 2011 of Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, with the aim of creating a society that respects and promotes human rights in Myanmar.—TWA/GNLM

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