The Union of the Judicial Authorities, prisons and the Mediator of the Republic

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The mediator: a concept of the minimum external monitoring of places of imprisonment

- Press release from the Union of Judicial authorities on Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

The Mediator of the Republic has just made public his concept of external monitoring of places of imprisonment.

M. Delevoye considers this mission of monitoring as a "mechanism of evaluation" and not as "an additional inspection", based on the observation that "checks and inspections which are already in place function".

The Union of Judicial Authorities is surprised that the Mediator can consider the existing checks effective.

It reminds for example, regarding the prison, that the 2006 report of the National Commission of Security Ethics denounces situations of abuse undergone by detainees for which existing checks have obviously not been efficient.

The Union of Judicial Authorities is concerned about the concept of external monitoring of places of imprisonment claimed by M. Delevoye who considers this mission as a "global audit" and not as a real power of opposition.

The establishment of an independent Authority exercising an effective monitoring of the conditions of imprisonment is a minimum requirement for ensuring the rights and dignity of detainees. To be effective, this mission of monitoring must necessarily include mechanisms of sanctions in order to end abuses of people's rights that could be found.

The fears of the Union of Judicial Authorities regarding the legitimacy of the Mediator of the Republic to achieve this mission of external monitoring, which is very far from his usual mission of mediation, are thus confirmed.

It is possible to access to the report of the Mediator of the Republic regarding his project of monitoring places of imprisonment: Link (in French)

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