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Justice

UN Criticises Sweden for Prison Suicides

Published lördag 30 maj 2009 kl 13.16

The United Nation Human Rights Committee has criticised Sweden following a series of suicides in Swedish prisons. In a new report the committee says that Swedish prison guards should get more training to avoid similar tragedies in the future. Top civil servant at the Justice Ministry, Maria Kelt, tells Swedish radio news that steps have been taken to improve education about the issue, but that the UN obviously didn't think that it was enough.

Professor Dennis Töllborg at Gothenburg University's School of Business, Economics and Law says the UN criticism pushes the responsibility for the suicides higher up the chain of command. He says it's up to the state to make sure prison guards have the training they need, and that it's obvious that not enough was done.

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