Côte d’Ivoire: women and children in prison

“The incarceration of women and minors has devastating consequences on society”

< image © Valentin Lombardi.

Action by the Christians for the Abolition of Torture in Côte d’Ivoire (Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture en Côte d’Ivoire, ACAT CI) performed a study over the course of a year in eight of the country’s 34 prison facilities. This field research, conducted with the support of the International Federation of ACAT (Fédération internationale des ACAT, FIACAT) and the Centre for Studies and Research of Diplomacy, Public Administration and Politics (Centre d’études et de recherche sur la diplomatie, l’administration publique et le politique, CERDAP2), culminated in the publication of the report entitled Vivre l’Enfermement. The document was published in December 2022. It combines personal accounts and experiences from prisoners and stakeholders on the ground in detention. It also examines the economic and social pressures that lead to the incarceration of women and minors, the consequences of this incarceration, and the imprisonment conditions of these populations.

Paul Kouadio and Wenceslas Assouhou are members of ACAT CI and helped write this report. Prison Insider asked them three questions.

— This interview is part of the series Caught in the spiral.

Children cannot be released from prison because the judge cannot get a hold of their parents.