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Prisoners on Prison Education: Your Knowledge, Experience and Views Are Sought by the Special Rapporteur on Education

The Special Rapporteur on education, Vernor Muñoz, is to submit a report on the right to education for people in detention to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2009.
Mr. Muñoz, an independent and unpaid expert appointed by the United Nations, wishes to ensure that prisoners’ knowledge, positions and ideas on education in detention are fully reflected in his report. This can only be ensured if prisoners themselves are involved in the preparation of the report. If you are or have been in detention therefore and wish to express your view on the provision of the right to education in detention, Mr. Muñoz would welcome hearing from you.

As every person has a right to education and every person has specific educational experiences and needs, he wishes to hear from men, women and children in, or previously in detention, from all global regions including those with disabilities and those without; from different races, religions, cultures and sexual orientation; from those in closed and/or open institutions; those who have chosen not to or have been unable to undertake educational programmes (formal and/or informal) and those currently enrolled; and from those with no, few or many qualifications.

Please send your comments, anonymously or with your contact details, by way of postal mail to: Special Rapporteur on the right to education, P.O. Box 1245-1007, Centro Colon, Costa Rica, or by e mail to: Airmail postage for a one ounce letter from the US to Costa Rica is 94 cents.

Mr. Muñoz asks that comments are received as soon as possible and no later than 31 December, 2008.

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