Alternative Report on the implementation of the Convention Against Torture - Benin second periodic report
come together to launch an investigation into prisons, with the financial support of DANIDA2. The project is called Reform of the Prison System, and the investigation has revealed a series of anomalies.
These include :
prison overcrowding, with cramped conditions and dilapidated buildings ;
delays in commencing legal proceedings ;
poor health conditions at detention centres and deteriorating hygiene standards ;
very limited access to medical care ;
an inadequate and poor-quality diet ;
a shortage of regular inspections by the relevant bodies ;
overcrowded conditions for inmates ;
a high number of instances of unwarranted detention.
It is worth pointing out here, however, that over and above such one-off initiatives, NGOs campaigning for human rights do not enjoy systematic access to prisons and other detention centres.