Second meeting of the Reform Commission for the Algerian prison system in Algiers
Second meeting of the Reform Commission for the Algerian prison system in Algiers
Algeria

On 19 February 2019, the second meeting of the Reform Commission for the Algerian prison system took place in Algiers. The IRZ organised the event as part of a tandem project which is supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection running from 2017 to 2019.

The Reform Commission was established in December 2017 and aims to ensure the implementation of the project and to provide support in developing strategies for reforming the Algerian prison system. The goal of this year’s meeting was to draw a conclusion of last year’s project progress and to plan the activities for the final project year of 2019.

The project work will focus on four working groups dealing with different subjects of law enforcement in Algeria. They will work on the development of a handbook for the Algerian prison system. To conclude the project, a conference is planned in Algiers at the end of 2019 to present the project results.

Representing the German side, the event was attended by experts of the prison service for North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin:

  • Kai Abraham, representing Department III of the Berlin Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination,
  • Dr. Stefan Cassone, Ministry of Justice for North Rhine-Westphalia, Department IV Law Enforcement – Section IV A 3 – Penal Institutions for Young Offenders and Women and Social Service, and
  • Andreas Illerhaus, Ministry of Justice for North Rhine-Westphalia, Department IV Law Enforcement, Section IV B 3 Organisation & Logistics Law Enforcement.

The meeting started with a welcome address by Mokhtar Felioune, Director of the prison authority, and Mohamed Montasser Abidi, Head of Section for North Africa and the Middle East of the IRZ. Both sides pointed out that the cooperation is considered as very positive and successful.

In the further course of the meeting, the Algerian and German working group members discussed the next steps for developing the handbook / the recommendations for the prison system in all four working groups. They also exchanged their views regarding the potentials and subjects for a potential cooperation beyond the project close. The working atmosphere in this meeting, like in previous meetings, was very constructive and productive.