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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02946
Date : 06/2019
Country/Region : MYANMAR
Title : Myanmar : upgraded family visit facility at Insein Prison
Duration : 00:02:15
Director : FELL, Nicola Eva
Cameraman : unknown
Editor : unknown
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
FELL, Nicola Eva
Cameraman : unknown
Editor : unknown
Description : With 13,000 detainees and with thousands of visitors per day, Insein Central Prison is a very busy place. The day usually opens with the eager expectation of detainees and their loved ones being able to see each other and catch up on personal news. An average of 900 family members visit close to 600 detainees in the busy central prison every day. The facility allows visitors as often as they want, even multiple times a week. But with the increase in prison population and only two small separate rooms for male and female detainees, accommodating all the visitors and ensuring that the visits are stress-free is a huge challenge.
But the experience is changing as the Prisons Department in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) inaugurated a new family visit facility on 23 June 2019. The new visiting rooms have been built with better ventilation and privacy, improved lighting, new washrooms, a coffee shop and a playground for children so that detainees and their families can meet each other in a more humane and relaxed environment and are in a better frame of mind when they see their loved ones. Helping to streamline the visits further, a new system that includes computerized registration of visitors has also been set up to reduce waiting time and provide better working conditions for the staff. The aim is to make the experience more comfortable and natural for both the detainees and their visitors, ultimately reducing the strain of separation and allowing people to maintain better relationships even when they are apart. Better working conditions for the staff should also decrease stress levels, thus keeping the atmosphere amiable. Improvements to the parcel registration and money deposit systems, and a new playground for children in the waiting area are additional services that will benefit everyone at the facility.
Original language : English
English title : Myanmar : upgraded family visit facility at Insein Prison
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422

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