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21 Graduates With Mandela Certificate

Mandela Rules are the universally accepted minimum standards on the treatment of prisoners.
06 Nov 2020 09:06
21 Graduates With Mandela Certificate
Front, fourth from left: Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (HRADC) director Ashwin Raj, director of rehabilitation, Senior Superintendent, Salote Panapasa with the graduates and guests from the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Photo: Harshana Singh

Twenty-one officers graduated with a Certificate in Mandela Rules at the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) yesterday.

Mandela Rules are the universally accepted minimum standards on the treatment of prisoners.

Director of rehabilitation, Senior Superintendent, Salote Panapasa said the course was for more than 14 weeks and was conducted online. It covered seven modules.

She said, it was now an undertaking of the Fiji Corrections Service to go in line with the paradigm shift from containment to corrections.

Ms Panapasa said the e-learning course was an eye opener for the FCS officers.

“The course keeps them abreast on the requirements of the Nelson Mandela Rules in the treatment and management of those under our care,” she said.

“It covers all the aspects of the functions of the FCS and it births empathy in the way we handle and attend to our duty of care.”

Also present was Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (HRADC) director, Ashwin Raj. He congratulated the 21 graduates.

“Let’s keep our prison system accountable, transparent, open, engaging respectful, with all of the relevant stakeholders because this is not your job alone,” Mr Raj said.

“It’s a very onerous task. I recognise that and we’re together with you to ensure that everyone in a state of detention in Fiji enjoys their fundamental rights and freedoms and human dignity that our constitution confers.”

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

Feedback: harshana.singh@fijisun.com.fj



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