SOUTH SUDAN / PRISON REFORM

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A three-day leadership conference, aimed at discussing a strategic plan for the reform of the South Sudan’s broken prison system, started today in the country’s capital Juba. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PRISON REFORM
TRT: 2:44
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 3 DECEMBER 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, brass band playing
2. Wide shot, delegates
3. Wide shot, Shearer shaking hands with prison officials
4. Wide shot, prison officers in uniforms
5. Med shot, prison officers in uniforms
6. Med shot, Shearer at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“Today, against the backdrop of the unification of forces as part of the peace process, this three-day event provides an opportunity to chart a clear and strategic direction for the integration of forces into the National Prisons Services and, in doing so, build a stronger justice system. I am very pleased that UNMISS is able to support such a key event which aims to form a part of the implementation of the peace agreement, apart from strengthening the justice system.”
8. Med shot, prison officers
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Isaac Mamur, Minister of National Security:
“The role of the prisons service is very crucial in the coming days in terms of executing effective, correctional service which is the core mandate of prisons service.”
10. Wide shot, delegates
11. Various shots, prison officers
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdul Latif ARSHAD, Rule of Law and Security Institutions, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“It is not going to bring drastic changes overnight, but we would start that journey in the right direction and hopefully, with the passage of time, this service would get somewhere where we can think of the international standards and other best services of the prisons services of the world.”
13. Various shots, meeting

STORYLINE:

A three-day leadership conference, aimed at discussing a strategic plan for the reform of the South Sudan’s broken prison system, started today in the country’s capital Juba.

Country’s prison system suffered greatly from years of conflict and lack of resources.

About one hundred prisons officials from across South Sudan and a handful of partners, including officials from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), have gathered to map out a clear strategic direction aimed at improving the country’s prisons systems.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“Today, against the backdrop of the unification of forces as part of the peace process, this three-day event provides an opportunity to chart a clear and strategic direction for the integration of forces into the National Prisons Services and, in doing so, build a stronger justice system. I am very pleased that UNMISS is able to support such a key event which aims to form a part of the implementation of the peace agreement, apart from strengthening the justice system.”

While the transitional government of National Unity is yet to be formed within the next three months, various institutional challenges are being addressed and opportunities being explored at the conference.

SOUNDBITE (English) Isaac Mamur, Minister of National Security:
“The role of the prisons service is very crucial in the coming days in terms of executing effective, correctional service which is the core mandate of prisons service.”

All these prisons officers work in facilities which have been jolted through South Sudan’s long civil war, and this three-day conference is offering a platform for the leadership of the prisons facilities across the country to sit together ahead of the formation of a new government of national unity to highlight what is best for them.

At this conference, emphasis is being placed on the integrating of about 8,300 forces from the opposition into the prisons service as part of the implementation of the peace process.

Human rights actors will also talk about the need to uphold human rights. Food security for inmates, challenges affecting mentally ill prisoners and the handling of juvenile prisoners and other vulnerable groups will form a part of that discussion.

SOUNDBITE (English) Abdul Latif ARSHAD, Rule of Law and Security Institutions, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“It is not going to bring drastic changes overnight, but we would start that journey in the right direction and hopefully, with the passage of time, this service would get somewhere where we can think of the international standards and other best services of the prisons services of the world.”

Other important issues being discussed are the need for humane treatment of prisoners and the healthcare management of the inmates, and a proper need for a functional organizational structure.
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