17 May 2016

Tunisia: Ministry of Justice, Penal Reform International Sign MOU

Tunis — A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Tuesday in Tunis by the Ministry of Justice and Penal Reform International (PRI) on further co-operation for the period 2016-2018.

The agreement was signed by Minister of Justice Omar Mansour and MENA Regional Director, PRI, Taghreed Jaber.

It contains a set of activities to support efforts for prison and rehabilitation centres reforms to ensure respect for and protection of prisoners' rights, said a statement from the Justice Department.

The signing of the MoU takes place after meetings held recently between the Minister of Justice and representatives of international organisations and friendly countries, the statement added.

Under this agreement, a study will be conducted on the reality of alternative sanctions in Sousse and the assessment of the previous experience.

Another study will also be conducted on services provided in the prison of Messadine and the rehabilitation centre of juvenile offenders in Sidi El Heni.

The purpose is to define the areas of contribution of the civil society, the same source added.

Training sessions will also be organised in Sousse for judges and executives of the prison department to encourage alternative sanctions.

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