Seminar in Tétouan on human rights standards in prisons

During the seminar
During the seminar
Morocco

In cooperation with the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), the IRZ organised a seminar on the “Humane treatment of prisoners” on 23 and 24 October 2019 in Tétouan, Morocco. The seminar is part of the “Cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco on Prison Management” project, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office and coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and 2020.

The IRZ experts at this event were Stefan Tydecks, a psychologist in the admissions department at the Moabit penal institution (Berlin), and Michael Weise, Head of General Law Enforcement at the Tegel penal institution (Berlin).

The seminar focussed on four fundamental standards with regards to safeguarding human rights standards in prisons:

  1. A humane treatment in prisons allows the reintegration of prisoners with basic and further training and leisure activities.
  2. Prison staff are trained to respond appropriately also in stressful situations and to maintain security in prisons.
  3. To comply with international and national human rights standards, prisoners must be informed about their rights, obligations and social competences in prison. This takes place during an admissions interview as well as with the issue of specially printed booklets.
  4. In order to encourage their independence and cooperation, prisoners should be involved in their own treatment measures.

The participants in the seminar showed a great deal of interest in the structure of open prisons in Germany and in the fact that all categories of prisoner could take part in reintegration measures. These topics will be included and discussed further in seminars planned for 2020.

The results of this seminar will be included in the handbook on the rights and duties of prisoners in a humane prison environment, which is being produced as part of the above-mentioned project.

Seminar on the “Management of prison staff by the DGAPR” in Tanger

Participants and speakers at the seminar in Tanger
Participants and speakers at the seminar in Tanger
Morocco

From 12 to 14 November 2019 the IRZ, in cooperation with the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), organised a three-day seminar in Tanger on “Management of prison staff by the DGAPR”. The seminar is part of the “Cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco on Prison Management” project, which is being coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and December 2020.

The objective of the seminar was to improve HR development and staff management in prisons by teaching modern management methods and by incentive and upgrading systems for prison officers. A seminar in this project component was already held in April this year in Fez.

The IRZ experts attending this event again were Nadine Franasik, Head of health-oriented personnel management at the young offenders’ institution in Berlin, and Kathrin Braun, representing the Berlin Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination. The representatives of the DGAPR presented the latest developments in the field of HR management in Morocco.

During the seminar, a lively exchange of experiences took place with animated discussions on the following issues:

  • Implementation of international standards in the training of prison staff
  • Recruitment criteria and job profiles for qualified staff (amongst them psychologists and social workers)
  • Professional risks for people working in prisons
  • HR development and management in prisons
  • Good governance in health management – supporting benefits for prison staff and prisoners
  • HR marketing and “workplace prison” image campaign
The successful cooperation on this component will be continued next year. As a final result, the IRZ will develop recommendations for modern methods of staff management in prisons together with the Moroccan partners.

“Introduction to toxicology” seminar in Tangier

Participants with the speakers at the seminar in Tangier
Participants with the speakers at the seminar in Tangier
Morocco

On 7 and 8 November 2019, the IRZ, in partnership with the Moroccan Public Prosecutor’s Office, organised an “Introduction to toxicology” seminar in Tangier as the last part of the “Cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco in the field of legal and forensic medicine, with particular consideration paid to the concerns of the Moroccan justice system” project. The IRZ has been coordinating this project between 2017 and the end of this year as part of the project financed by the German Foreign Office (Transformation Partnerships with Northern Africa/the Middle East).

The objective of the seminar was to teach the Moroccan participants about the possibilities of toxicology as part of their investigation work. Around 30 public prosecutors, judges and forensic scientists took part in the event, learning about the basics of work in toxicology laboratories.

The expert taking part on behalf of the IRZ was private lecturer Dr. Sven Hartwig, Senior Physician and Head of the Department of Forensic Toxicology at the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine at the Charité Berlin. The Moroccan speakers included representatives of the Sûreté Nationale and the Gendarmerie Royale, who presented Moroccan experiences in the field of toxicology. The following were some of the topics discussed at the seminar:

  • Introduction to Forensic Toxicology
  • Systematic toxicological tests in selected death cases
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Advantages and disadvantages of hair analysis
With the help of specific case examples, the participants also discussed the significance and methods of toxicological testing used in investigating deaths. During lively discussions, they talked about the current problems in the cooperation between legal and forensic medicine, toxicology and public prosecutors, in particular the continued lack of communication between all those involved during the investigation process.