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Human rights officials oversee Ko Samui prison

A human rights commissioner has visited Ko Samui District Prison to survey the living quality of inmates and the prison’s internal management system, urging changes to prison protocols.

The National Human Rights Commissioner Chatchai Suttiklom, the President of Human Rights in Judicial Process Subcommittee, has led a team to visit Ko Samui District Prison in Surat Thani to oversee the living quality of inmates and officials’ internal management policy.

The prison currently houses 702 inmates, significantly exceeding the maximum capacity of the prison. The overcrowded prison complex was only designed to hold 452 inmates. 70 percent of the inmates are charged with offences related to narcotics, according to the prison director Pornthip Rattanachaiyarit.

On this occasion, the human rights commissioner advised the prison director to incorporate communities outside of the prison into a development network for prisoners and inmates, and to ensure all inmates are treated with basic human rights principles.

The commissioner has also urged the prison director to implement the policies for changes in the correction system as guidelines for the management of inmates.

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