China moves to help prisoners injured in quake

May 14th, 2008 - 10:52 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 14 (Xinhua) China’s justice ministry Wednesday issued an emergency notice urging judiciary departments in quake-stricken areas to mobilize personnel to save injured inmates and other staffs in jails. Judiciary departments, especially those in the disaster areas, should do their best to save the injured and protect people’s safety and property, the notice said.

” The police should be mobilized to assist local governments in supplying food, medicines and drinking water and help transport those items along with tents and warm clothes to prisons and labour camps,” the notice said.

The ministry also called on judiciary personnel to ensure that all injured jail staff and inmates have sufficient food, clothes, clean drinking water and temporary shelter.

The notice also emphasized the importance of safety and stability of the prisons, urging supervisory measures be taken to avoid disorder in correctional facilities.

It added that prison dormitories, cafeterias, roads and telecommunication facilities must be repaired as soon as possible to ensure the restoration of transportation, power and water supply and telecommunications.

The notice also urged judiciary organs in quake-affected areas to make disaster relief work a priority and do all possible to solve problems of people and alleviate their suffering.

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