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Peru: Training seminar for staff of National Penitentiary Institute

07-09-2001 News Release 01/35

On 27 and 28 August a training and refresher seminar for senior professional and technical staff of the Peruvian National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) was held in Huancayo, in the department of Junín. The event was organized jointly by the INPE and the ICRC. 

Sixty staff – prison directors, heads of multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams, lawyers, doctors, etc. – of penitentiary facilities under the responsibility of the INPE's Directorate for the Central Region attended talks on subjects such as human rights and the penitentiary system, reprieve and the right of pardon, the ICRC's work in prisons, health in the Peruvian prison environment, the importance of keeping proper epidemiological records, and matters relating to inmates'security and hygiene. The talks were given by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the INPE and the Ombudsman's office and by ICRC delegates.

This seminar is part of the joint effort being made by the INPE and the ICRC to upgrade the training of staff and improve conditions of detention in the country's prisons.

Similar events have been held in the past in the towns of Tarapoto and Chiclayo, and two more are due to take place in Lima and Cuzco before the end of the year.