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October 22, 2016

The Daily Star- Kaag urges better conditions at Lebanon's largest prison, October 22 , 2016

BEIRUT: U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag Friday called for the improvement of conditions of Roumieh Prison, the country’s largest jail.
Kaag visited the prison, located east of Beirut, and met and spoke with prison authorities as well as adult and juvenile detainees, according to a statement released by her press office.
The U.N. official said it was important to uphold international human rights standards, which ensure appropriate conditions in the prison.
Roumieh is notorious for its overcrowded and extremely poor conditions, running at over double its capacity.
Kaag praised the good cooperation between Lebanese authorities, local NGOs and the U.N., but called for additional support to build the capacity of the prison’s staff.
The lack of trained guards is most apparent in the complete disregard for separating minor offenders from inmates convicted of far graver offenses.
Following a tour of the prison, Kaag participated in a special therapeutic session by local NGO Catharsis and was also briefed by a representative from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Source & Link : The Daily Star

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