MPs: HR Societies have the Right to Visit the Prisons

On 21 October 2009, the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security in the Parliament affirmed the need to allow registered human rights societies to visit rehabilitation centres in order to monitor the conditions of the inmates after obtaining the necessary permits. This affirmation came during a meeting the Committee held with representatives of Ministry of Interior to discuss the reform and rehabilitation bill. On the other hand, the Committee has reached a decision regarding the death penalty, specifically the removal of the sentence ‘execution by firing squad’ mentioned in the bill.