Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization[CAPIO]
Who we are?
Established in 1992 as a human rights organization to address the rights, needs and dignity of prisoners, CAPIO was formally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) in 2003. The organization started off as part of the apostolate of the Order of Discalced Carmelite (OCD) Friars in Enugu State and has plans to leverage on the prescence of the Carmelites in other States to expand the work of CAPIO. The inspiration for the work is derived from the fact that all human beings are created in God's image and likeness with equal dignity and rights. CAPIO also strives to fulfill the demands of Matt.25:35-36, "...I was in prison and you came to me".
Recent Achievements of the Legal Unit
- Secured the release of 44 prisoners in both Oji River and Enugu Prisons.
- Secured bail for 30 inmates inNsukka prison.
- Freedom for 133 inmates in Enugu, Oji River & Nsukka through jail delivery exercise.
- Paid the fines for 3 inmates to secure their freedom
What CAPIO does
CAPIO works as a not-for-profit, change-development organization advocating and promoting genuine justice and prison sectors reforms and contributing to improve the general welfare of prisoners in Nigeria. CAPIO commits to the call for justice through advocacy for legal reforms and penal codes’ reviews; through provision of free medical and legal services; and through compassionate obligation in helping prisoners while in and out of prisons. CAPIO’s interventions over the years have focused mainly on the provision of basic needs of prisoners; free legal and medical services; rehabilitation of prisoners; and cooperation with other Human Rights Organizations to advance the course of justice. CAPIO’s work has been executed under the four program components of Legal, Medical, Social welfare and Rehabilitation.
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CAPIO Trains Community Liaison Officers on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Enugu State (ACJL 2017).
The sensitization campaign on the ACJL 2017, launched by CAPIO, with funding support from Misean Cara, targets all key players in the criminal justice sector, ranging from the Judiciary and enforcement agencies to the ordinary masses at the grass-root level. In line with this initiative, CAPIO invited one hundred and seventy-six liaison officers from various […]