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Indonesia: striving to improve living conditions for detainees in eight south-east Asian countries

20-10-2009 News Release 10/197

Jakarta (ICRC) – Penitentiary authorities from Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam have taken part in a seminar to share experiences and discuss concrete steps that could be taken to improve conditions of detention in their respective countries.

The seminar, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), took place in Jakarta from 20 to 22 October. It focused mainly on access to water in places of detention and on management of detention facilities.

"This seminar represents an important step in the quest to improve living conditions for detainees," said Untung Sugiyono, director-general of corrections at the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights. "The ICRC’s experience in this area certainly makes the seminar a valuable opportunity for the participants."

The participants shared their experiences and insights gained from managing places of detention in their respective countries. Among the topics discussed were national standards for building and renovating places of detention, maintenance budgets and lessons learnt from projects carried out jointly with the ICRC.

Over the last several years, the ICRC has carried out a number of projects in cooperation with national detention authorities aimed at improving hygiene conditions in places of detention.

For further information, please contact:
Wirakhman M. Soemantri, ICRC Jakarta, tel: +62 21 739 67 56 or +62 811985781
Filipa Anacoreta Correia, ICRC Bangkok, tel: +66 898942520