The Asian Conference for Correctional Facilities and Planners (ACCFA) is going to take place in Colombo from the 12th to the 16th of March 2018. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is very pleased to support the Sri Lanka Department of Prison to organize this international conference, as part of the long collaboration aiming at supporting the detaining authorities in Sri Lanka to meet humanitarian needs in prisons.
Whatever the reason for their detention, people deprived of their liberty are, by definition, vulnerable. They have been taken out of their normal environment and are no longer allowed to manage their own lives. Prisons’ infrastructures play a major role in the daily life of the inmates; the architecture should therefore ensure a healthy environment in order to facilitate the management of the prison as well as preserve the detainees’ dignity and rehabilitation in the society.
Numerous detention authorities cope with old/outdated and un-adapted infrastructures, and most countries worldwide are experiencing overcrowding. Building new infrastructures can contribute to better living conditions for the inmates and working environment for the staff. The ICRC, having developed a long standing experience in prisons’ infrastructures through its unit of engineers, architects, prison advisors and doctors, joined the ACCFA board in 2015; the ICRC is convinced that the ACCFA is offering a great platform to share good practices regarding maintenance, major rehabilitation and new design. It allows a community of practice to share openly new ideas and approaches that can benefit to all, primarily the inmates, who should be kept at the heart of the discussions.
I wish to all participants fruitful and meaningful discussions during the next Asian Conference for Correctional Facilities and Planners.
Head of Delegation
ICRC Sri Lanka