SOUTH SUDAN / NATIONAL PRISONS SERVICE

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A conference was held in South Sudan’s capital city Juba, aiming to transforming the national prisons system to make these institutions more effective and accountable. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / NATIONAL PRISONS SERVICE
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 03 DECEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, workshop
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Anthony Oliver, Director, Information, Public Relations & Spokesperson, National Prison Service of South Sudan:
“We have a lot of rehabilitation we are doing [in terms of] inmates and capacity building with support from all the organizations, headed by our partners in UNMISS. They have a good relationship with other organizations whereby they are bringing support to the inmates, specially, at the moment we have vocational training centres which have been established by UNDP. UNMISS Rule of Law is not far from this support; they are doing a lot. For example, [in] the database offices we have and especially their Quick Impact Projects across the country.”
3. Various shots, workshop
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdul Arshad, Head, Corrections Unit, Rule of Law Advisory Section, UNMISS:
“Basically, the rights of the prisoners are actually mostly monitored by our Human Rights colleagues but at the same time as [the] Rule of Law Advisory Section, we also perform the same function, but our function is more towards support of the National Prison Service and this particular workshop today that we are talking about it’s story is quite an old story because this workshop is the outcome of the seventh NPSS leadership conference that happened in December 2019. That conference was actually supported by UNMISS. In that conference, the leadership of the Prison Service came up with recommendations and resolutions to reform the prison service.”
5. Various shots, workshop
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Anthony Oliver, Director, Information, Public Relations & Spokesperson, National Prison Service of South Sudan:
“The methodology we have in prison service, we should be [an] open and transparent service and ethically responsive to any cooperation with international or national or local organizations at the end because the responsibility of reforming and rehabilitating inmates is not the responsibility of the prisons service alone but all of us, I think, we have the responsibility of supporting the South Sudan National Prison Service so that the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates into society is done and implemented.”


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A three-day conference in Juba, South Sudan aimed at dialogues among all stakeholders on a critical topic: Transforming the national prisons system to make these institutions more effective and accountable, thereby strengthening the country’s rule of law sector in its entirety, an essential task for any nation.

UNMISS, as South Sudan’s partner for peace, is working with national counterparts to ensure human rights of prisoners are upheld and they have opportunities and to rehabilitate and reintegrate into societies, once their sentences are completed.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Anthony Oliver, Director, Information, Public Relations & Spokesperson, National Prison Service of South Sudan:

“We have a lot of rehabilitation we are doing [in terms of] inmates and capacity building with support from all the organizations, headed by our partners in UNMISS. They have a good relationship with other organizations whereby they are bringing support to the inmates, specially, at the moment we have vocational training centres which have been established by UNDP. UNMISS Rule of Law is not far from this support; they are doing a lot. For example, [in] the database offices we have and especially their Quick Impact Projects across the country.”

Through these small-scale projects, the UN Peacekeeping mission has been constructing much-needed prison facilities in remote locations to help local law enforcement serve and protect communities to their best abilities.

The mission also builds capacities, monitors prisoners’ rights and provides technical advice.

SOUNDBITE (English) Abdul Arshad, Head, Corrections Unit, Rule of Law Advisory Section, UNMISS:
“Basically, the rights of the prisoners are actually mostly monitored by our Human Rights colleagues but at the same time as [the] Rule of Law Advisory Section, we also perform the same function, but our function is more towards support of the National Prison Service and this particular workshop today that we are talking about it’s story is quite an old story because this workshop is the outcome of the seventh NPSS leadership conference that happened in December 2019. That conference was actually supported by UNMISS. In that conference, the leadership of the Prison Service came up with recommendations and resolutions to reform the prison service.”

Strategic plans were developed during the 2019 conference but there were challenges in fully implementing them so to overcome these obstacles an implementation committee was set up to oversee that a three-year focus on reforms from 2021-24 is on track.

This workshop brought together stakeholders from the National Prison Service across the country to promote ownership of the strategic plan and ensure its robust implementation.


SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Anthony Oliver, Director, Information, Public Relations & Spokesperson, National Prison Service of South Sudan:

“The methodology we have in prison service, we should be [an] open and transparent service and ethically responsive to any cooperation with international or national or local organizations at the end because the responsibility of reforming and rehabilitating inmates is not the responsibility of the prisons service alone but all of us, I think, we have the responsibility of supporting the South Sudan National Prison Service so that the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates into society is done and implemented.”
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