PRAWA Partnerships on Torture Rehabilitation and Prevention: Lessons from Prison-based Interventions. Godwin Ugbor. The Need for Partnership. Perpetration of torture by law enforcement and criminal justice agents in most African countries has assumed a frightening dimension. Owing to
Perpetration of torture by law enforcement and
criminal justice agents in most African countries
has assumed a frightening dimension. Owing to
government and public expectation of high
performance from the police, coupled with their
apparent lack of investigative skill and tools, they
(police officers) resort to crude methods to appear
to be performing.
The consequence of the foregoing is the widespread use
of torture to coerce suspects to confess to crime, leaving
a host of the victims with various degrees of physical and
psychological effects. A large number of these victims
end up in the prisons. Research indicate that over 70% of
prison inmates are victims of torture. Almost all suffer
physical torture in the hands of the police (except the
rich and powerful). In prisons they face psychological
torture and inhumane and degrading treatment.
In one of the states in Nigeria where PRAWA is providing intervention on rehabilitation for torture victims - prisons in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria
(with a population of 2067 inmates), about 1,400 inmates have suffered physical and psychological torture. PRAWA devise intervention to provide services and support to these through partnership.
The funding of this was through the OAK/IRCT Grant.
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OTHER RELATED INTERVENTION
The Project Purpose and Scope
1. On another partnership with NPS, PRAWA, under the Human Rights Training Integration (HRTI) project, is currently providing training and capacity building for prison officers on Human Rights and Good Prison Practice including development of resource materials on it and establishing core group of regional based mixed team (PRAWA/Prisons) Trainers to carryout follow up training.
The Project Purpose:
‘ improve the awareness and observance of international human rights principles and good prison practice in Nigerian prisons’
Implemented in 15 prisons in 4 states - Lagos State (5 prisons), Enugu State (4 prisons), Kaduna State (5 prisons), and FCT Abuja
From September – November 2012 over 600 officers have been trained by the teams of trainers.
The success of this intervention is based on the strength and value of the partnership fostered in the project.
It helped achieved the following:
- Partnership presents many benefits and therefore, ought to be embraced by all if we are to raise our services of rehabilitation and prevention of torture, while at the same time lessening the burden on caregivers.