Kituo Cha Sheria conducted a comprehensive UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Training at the Garissa Main prison. The training for Kenya Prison Officers at the Garissa Main Prison in Garissa County took place from the 14th to 18th October 2019.
The training was conducted under the Project Imarisha Haki funded by the European Union which seeks to promote and protect Human Rights within the Criminal Justice System in Kenya. The project works within the prison and also within the community at large. Objectives of the training included increased knowledge on the relationships between Human rights and criminal justice, torture laws and guidelines among the prison officers.
The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Training in Garissa increased the knowledge on human rights, criminal law and criminal justice; raised awareness of Prison Officers on the rights of the prisoners and increased accountability and compliance amongst the Prison Officers. The Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Training for Kenya Prison Officer in Garissa was organized by the Kenya Prisons Service and Kituo Cha Sheria and spearheaded by Ms. Jepchirchir Jacquelyn with Anthony Wambua from CEFA also in attendance.
Violation of human rights within the detention facilities is largely perpetuated by the duty bearers who are the prison warders. The prisoners face a health hazard due to poor conditions of the abolition blocks, poor case management, lack of awareness of human rights amongst the prison officers, delayed cases and poor sleeping conditions. By conducting vigorous training of prison officers at the Garissa Main Prison, Kituo Cha Sheria was intervening in alleviating these violations and building capacity for the officers.
30 prison officers; through the training- were imparted with knowledge on human rights concepts, the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules (17 modules) and Paralegalism.