New Law for Prisons
On 23 February 2010, the House of Representatives ratified the
bill reforming the rehabilitation institutions ‘prisons’. The law
allows civil human rights institutions to visit these centres in
order to inspect the conditions of the inmates after obtaining permission
from the Ministry of Interior. This law states that ‘a detainee
has the right to be visited once a week, and can be deprived of
visits for a maximum of two weeks, which is renewable if the Public
Prosecutor believes that it is in the interest of the investigation’.
According to the law the prisoner has the right to see his wife
once a week in private. Prisoners also have the right to complete
their marriage procedures. Article 60 states that ‘it is not permissible
to use force against inmates. Force can only be used to prevent
violence, attempted escapes or to confront resistance’. Article
23 also states that a prisoner has the right to complete his education
through long distance learning but at his own expense.