By Tom Little.
Tripoli, 26 December:
The UN Special Mission in Libya began a two-day seminar today on how to encourage reform in . . .[restrict]Libya’s prisons, with government and Ministry of Interior officials and members of the judicial police in attendance.
Talks launched with opening speeches from Muin Shreim, a senior official from UNSMIL and from Khalifa Ashour, deputy minister of justice.
Ashour stressed his commitment to improving conditions in Libyan jails and helping to rehabilitate prisoners, saying that the uprisings of the Arab Spring had taken place “to help restore dignity” to the lives of ordinary people and correctional institutions must also respect human rights.
Officials from different ministries and the judicial police will give presentations on reforming correctional institutions during the two days, and once all the speakers have been heard, the panel will present the conference with a series of recommendations and suggestions on how best to go about it. [/restrict]