On 7 March 2019, UNAMID State Liaison Functions (SLFs) and UNDP, in collaboration with East Darfur Prison Administration, concluded a two-week training program for 45 in-service Government of Sudan (GoS) prison officers focused on human rights approach in prison operations and the application of appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) in prison management, in El Daein.
The training was aimed at building capacity through enhancement of knowledge and skills for participants in prison management, operations and human rights to assist them to carry out their mandated reformation tasks in accordance with international standards and human rights principles.
Workshop discussions focused on topics related to prisons management and operation such as juvenile justice, Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) on key control, discharge procedures, counting of prisoners, transfer of prisoners, search and admission of prisoners, minimum standard rules and rights of the people in detention and gender mainstreaming.
During the Workshop closing ceremony, East Darfur SLF representative, Mr. Dominick Mshana, who is also a UNAMID Rule of law officer commended the positive interaction of participants with facilitators during the training and encouraged the participants to reflect the knowledge acquired in their daily prison duties. “We urge you all to share the same knowledge with your colleagues who did not manage to participate in the training,” Mr. Mshana stated.
In his response, East Darfur State Director of Prisons, Colonel Alam-alhuda Abduelhammed Mohamad, expressed his gratitude to UNAMID and the entire UN family for the numerous training courses organized for prison officers in East Darfur and appreciated the support they continue to receive from UNAMID.
The training was funded by UNDP under the SLF transitional programme as part of UNAMID transfer of its mandated tasks to UNCT, in conformity with the Mission’s current drawdown and eventual exit by end of June 2020. Similar training will be organized by East Darfur SLF team for newly recruited prison staff early next month.