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Workshop "International frameworks on the human rights of persons deprived of their liberty in prison management" in Panama

Panama, March 10, 2023. "In this workshop we have updated our knowledge on the human rights of persons deprived of liberty" highlighted Amarilis Rivera, director of a penal center in Panama, on her participation in the training: "International frameworks on the human rights of persons deprived of liberty in prison management". She added that it is important to continue with these activities "to improve and reach the international standards that we must comply with in the country and the world".

Elsie Caballero, Head of Penitentiary Center en Las Tablas, Province of Los Santos, believes that human rights and leadership issues are fundamental for prison staff, so that they can provide "better treatment to inmates to achieve the resocialization of persons deprived of their liberty".

This opinion is shared by Leticia Santana, Head of Security at the Penitentiary Center in Colon: "It is a useful workshop because it updates us on the duties and rights we have and it is important to put them into practice in prison management".

This training, which was implemented from March 6 to 10, was facilitated by the project Strengthening Prison Reform in Panama of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and was attended by 48 officials of the Directorate General of the Prison System of Panama. It should be noted that some of the participants were receiving this type of training for the first time.

Among the topics addressed in this workshop were the human rights standards of persons deprived of liberty; analysis of rehabilitation and social reintegration programs; study of prison management towards the modernization of services; study of good practices of programs for social rehabilitation and study of a model of care with a focus on gender and vulnerable groups or underrepresented groups.

The project Strengthening Prison Reform in Panama is being developed with the aim of increasing security approaches that respect human rights and prevent gang violence, escapes and riots incited by organized crime groups; as well as implementing effective prison systems to (re)classify, categorize and allocate inmates according to their individual risks and needs.

This activity is supported by INL in cooperation with the General Directorate of the Penitentiary System.