20 Aug. 2008
PR# 2008-413

Italians to build female correctional centre

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF and local authorities laid the first stone on August 17 of the new female correctional centre in Heart province.

The centre will house 80 detainees and their children and responds to the urgent need to improve the conditions of detainees in the current centre. The Italian Ministry of Defence and the European Commission jointly financed the construction within the EU support to Provincial Governance Programme, administered by the International Organization for Migration.

The commander of the Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Colonel Giuseppe Levato; the representative of the Italian Ministry of Defence, Colonel Martino Argentiero; and the PRT’s head of the civilian component, Nicola Orlando, have stressed in speeches the importance and effectiveness of civilian-military cooperation in the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, while thanking the European Commission for its support of the Italian commitment in Herat.

The Italian PRT planned the new building, which will be built by local companies. The project includes the facilities to provide the detainees psychological support and vocational training in marketable skills — such as embroidery, tailoring and carpet weaving — aimed at facilitating their reintegration into society at the end of their detention. The civilian component of the Italian PRT will manage general coordination and the training planning. The local non-government organization Voice of Women will provide the training.

The coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have insured the new facility will be respectful of universally recognized human rights and its structure will acknowledge the primacy of rehabilitation over the purpose of just punishment.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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