Statement of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on its inspection of prisons, jails and lock-ups From January to June, 2021 Statement No. ( 8 /2021)

  1. The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) has inspected prisons, jails, labour camps, police detention centers, court lock-ups and hospital guard-wards, on scheduled dates, in accordance with section 43 of the Commission Law in order to examine whether prisoners and detainees are treated in conformity with humanitarian norms, international human rights instruments and domestic legislation.
  2. In inspecting, as stipulated in section 44 of the Commission law, spaces in the prisons, jails and lock-ups and facilities for those detained were examined and independent interviews with the prisoners and detainees were conducted. The findings of the inspections together with recommendations were referred to the relevant Union Level Organizations.
  3. From January to June, 2021, MNHRC has inspected 6 prisons, 5 labour camps and 9 police detention centers as follows;

(a)       Sittwe Prison and police detention center from 11 to 13 May, 2021

(b)       Thandwe Prison, police detention center and Jate Taw police detention center from 18 to 20 May, 2021

(c)        Kyauk Phyu Prison and police detention center from 23 to 25 May, 2021

(d)       Mingone Labour Camp on June 3,2021

(e)       Taungoo Prison, 4 Mile Labour Camp, Police detention center No(1), Police detention center No(2), Police detention center No(3), Kyun Gone police detention center and Myo Thit police detention from 7 to 10 June, 2021

(f)        Shwe Mya Yar and Hlay Hlaw Inn Labour camps on 11 June, 2021

(g)       Tharwaddy Central Prison on 16 June ,2021

(h)       Taw Kyee Tan Labour Camp on 21 June, 2021

(i)        Dike U Central Prison on 24 June, 2021

  1. On these inspection visits, 59 prisoners and detainees were allowed to separately meet the inspection team to freely reveal their difficulties, violations of their rights and judicial matters without the presence of prison officials. After reviewing their revelations, the relevant organizations at the Union Level have been informed accordingly.
  2. The team carried out the inspections in accordance with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, contained in the Procedure of the MNHRC Law and based on the findings, the following recommendations have already been put forward to the relevant Union Level Organizations;

(a)       Related to Health                                         –           21             recommendations

(b)       Related to administration                           –           49            recommendations

(c)        Related to sanitation                                   –           17            recommendations

(d)       Related to prison buildings                         –           15            recommendations

(e)       Related to communication with families  –           7            recommendations

(f)        Related to family visit                                  –           2            recommendations

(g)       Related to food                                             –           3            recommendations

       Total                                                               –           114            recommendations

  1. While inspecting prisons, jails and lock- ups, the inspection team also monitored the implementation of the previous recommendations and progress achieved. The implementation of the new recommendations resulting from the current inspections will be reexamined as well on next inspection tours.

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission

Date:   2  July 2021