30 Aug 2010

PNG re-commits to prison torture eradication

6:32 am on 30 August 2010

The United Nations says Papua New Guinea has re-committed to try and eradicate torture and ill-treatment from its prisons.

The statement follows a three-day workshop on prison management and human rights in Port Moresby.

Annell Husband reports.

"A visit to PNG by the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture in May found rampant cruel treatment of detainees by police and harrowing prison conditions. At that time the head of Correctional Services, Richard Sikani, said requests for more funding and resources from central agencies had gone unanswered for years. The workshop focused on respecting human rights and international laws on torture prevention. Correctional Services' acting Deputy Commissioner, Stephen Pokanis, says it's accepted that ill-treatment and torture persist in PNG's prisons. But he says training and awareness will enable them to be better run with existing resources."