Kituo Cha Sheria successfully conducted a five-day training of Prison Officers at the Siaya Men’s Prisons, Siaya County from 29th July – 2nd August 2019. The project which is supported by the European Union was spearheaded by KITUO advocate Ephraim Kayere and saw a total of 25 prison officers trained on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules (UNSMR), criminal laws, torture laws and Human Rights among other prisons related aspects.
The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules are a set of standards relating to treatment in detention, and are the key framework used by monitoring and inspection mechanisms in assessing the treatment of prisoners. Among the areas addressed during the training include; the respect for prisoners’ inherent dignity, disciplinary measures and sanctions, protection of vulnerable groups, access to legal representation among other principles.
With most prisons historically being associated with violation of human rights, the comprehensive training of the prison officers was important in equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitude to perform their duties well and with respect for the rights and dignity of all prisoners.
The activity also aimed at contributing to the eradication of all forms of torture, ill-treatment and violations of human rights within the criminal and juvenile systems in Kenya through increasing the knowledge on Human Rights, criminal law and criminal justice.
Kituo conducts regular trainings of prison officers as paralegals in different prison facilities around the country with the view of increasing their capacity in dealing with prisoners in a manner that is just and lawful. This is in line with Kituo’s core mandate of promoting access to justice to the poor and marginalized in the society.