Miscellaneous: Fans are needed for some areas, e.g. the clinic. Help
filling in the
for the prisoners and guards would be useful.
"not thatbad" the worst in Afghanistan" for management and physicalcould be done
sanitation e.g. improving the latrines. But overall, "in
basic needs. it's not
h. I nught be better
looking at the district jails,
report. published in December 2005. called
he Premises and
was conducted in September 2005 and is relativelyfavourable.
says the cells are reasonably well kept, with sufficient natural light and ventilation, except in the five cellsused for disciplinary purposes. Detainees
yards. The report classed prison renovation as only a"medium" priority. Areas for possible renovation include: renovation
cells (e.g. sanding
mosquito nets); construction
a proper area for family visits in the tnale section; and construction
a mosque or prayerarea. The Helmand prison also received a generally favourable assessment
By contrast, the provincial prisons in Uruzgan and Zabul were listed as
"immediate" priority. requiring not somerenovation but, in each case, "immediate construction
a new prison."
the two, the prison in Uruzgan -where theDutch are standing
a PRT and battle group as part
NATO's expansion into southern Afghanistan
by farthe worse rating.
is already severely overcrowded (capacity: 33; population: 85).
four cells and other buildingsare in poor condition. The yard is too small for exercise. There is no medical facility and no proper area
familyvisits, which take place in a corridor. Water is drawn from a
water that runs through Tirin Kot beforereaching the prison; detainees have to wash in that canal.
report assigns a numerical rating
were given the following marks:
• Qalat (Zabul -
52%• Tirin Kot (Uruzgan
Dutch lead) -33%
600 male and 30 female prisoners, for a total
630.However, according cannot reconcile the glaring disparity betweenthe two sets
numbers. based on
detainees per cell. However, even theircell numbers differed wildly -100 (ICRC)
numbers sound very high for the size
presume that the ICRC's numbers are more
therefore close to, or already at, fullcapacity.
as a potential concern.
the Kandahar facility as a "major transfer facility," implying that many
the prisoners passere.
! " e l ! I ' ' e
that it was unable
detaineessee paras. 20-23 below.Provincial Council assessment
response to complaints, the Provincial Council (PC)
Kandahar conducted an investigation
both the women'sand men's areas in the provincial prison. So
only the report on the women's area
been published. However, wehave
told thatthe report on the men's area reaches similar conclusions.