Prison Inmates Given Hope In Torit, South Sudan

The United Nations Development Programme’s Rule of law and Access to Justice Project, throught the Ministry of Local Government is raising awareness on Human Rights in Torit.

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 24 January 2016 [Gurtong] – In collaboration with the Women Association Support for Peace initiative Development organization, SPIDO and Directorate of organized forces, the group last week visited Torit prison and met with the County Prison Director, Prison officials and inmates.

The UNDP's Rule of law and Access to Justice Project advocated for the State government and development Partners to improve basic services in the prison department in the region.

Addressing female inmates within the facility in Torit, the State Deputy chair for the Women Association, Rose Lachimi gave the inmates morale support and advised them to change from their old habits so that once they are released they are able to reunite and be accepted in the society.

The objective of last week’s visit to the prison was to offer morale support to over 240 inmates and help them be able to manage any sorts of problems they may experience.

Among items donated to the inmates of Torit Prison Center, by the women group in the company of UNDP, included porridge flour, sugar, washing soaps, among others.

There are persistent weaknesses in the rule of law in South Sudan, resulting into serious human rights concerns.

Many prisoners in South Sudan are on remand –they have not been convicted of any crime – but are held in prison, awaiting the commencement or resolution of their trial.

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