Deprived of Liberty

Country Visits

2012

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Colombia, December 2012

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The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty conducted promotional and monitoring activities in the context of the in loco visit conducted in Colombia by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from December 3rd to 7th, 2012. The staff of the Rapporteurship visited the Center for Juveniles Offenders El Redentor, the Metropolitan Penitentiary of Bogota “La Picota” and the “La Modelo” Prison; attended to meeting with high level authorities in charge of the penitentiary administration; and gave a workshop directed to staff members of the National Penitentiary Institute (INPEC). The preliminary observations of the Rapporteurship are included in the annex of the Press Release No. 144/2012. The material of the workshop are only available in Spanish:

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Honduras, April, 2012

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Honduras, abril de 2012 Honduras, abril de 2012
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The Rapporteuship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) conducted a working visit to Honduras from April 23rd to 27th, 2012. The visit was in response to the fire occurred at the National Penitentiary of Comayagua on February 14, 2011 in which 362 people died. The delegation who went to Honduras was composed by the Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Rapporteur of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the IACHR and the staff of the Rapporteurship, as an immediate outcome of the visit the IACHR adopted the Press Release No. 43/12; likewise the Commission is currently working in the final version of a special report on the situation of persons deprived of liberty in Honduras in accordance with the article 60 of the Rules of Procedure of the IACHR. Moreover, as part of the follow-up of the situation of persons deprived of liberty in Honduras, and specifically due to the tragedy occurred in Comayagua, the IACHR adopted the Press Release No. 19/12; formally requested information to the State and sua sponte called for a public hearing that took place on March 26, 2012 during the 144º Period of Sessions, the audio of this hearing is available in Spanish at: http://www.oas.org/es/cidh/audiencias/Hearings.aspx?Lang=es&Session=125

2011

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Uruguay, July 2011

Rapporteur Rodrigo Escobar Gil visits a prision in Uruguay during the visit in July 2011   Rapporteur Rodrigo Escobar Gil gives a conference on the rights of persons deprived of liberty at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay during the visit in July 2011   Public at the conference on the rights of persons deprived of liberty offered by the IACHR at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay during the visit in July 2011
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) carried out a working visit to Uruguay on July 4-8, 2011. The delegation was made up of Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar and staff of the Executive Secretariat. The purpose of this working visit was to verify the general situation of Uruguay's prison system, identify the main problems it is facing, and issue concrete recommendations to the State. At the conclusion of the visit, the IACHR published Press Relese 76/11.

 

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Suriname, May 2011

The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the IACHR, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, offers a workshop on Principles and Best Practices during his visit to Suriname in May 2011 The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the IACHR, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, meets the Minister of Justice of Suriname in May 2011 The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the IACHR, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, inspects the cells in the Santa Boma Jail, during the visit to Suriname in May 2011
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) carried out a visit to the Republic of Suriname on May 25-27, 2011. The delegation was composed of the Rapporteur, Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil, and staff of the IACHR Executive Secretariat. This was the first observation visit made by an international human rights institution to incarceration facilities in the Republic of Suriname. The IACHR published Press Release 56/11 on the visit.

 

2010

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El Salvador, October 2010

The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, talks with the former Rapporteur and current Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador, Florentín Meléndez, and other authorities during the visit to El Salvador in October de 2010. The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, offers a seminar to State employees on the administration of penitentiaries
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty carried out a visit to El Salvador on October 5-9, 2010. The Rapporteur for the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty and his delegation visited the "Sendero de Libertad" ["Path to Freedom"] Center for Social Integration (Ilobasco), the Quezaltepeque Prison, and the Zacatecoluca Maximum Security Prison. At the end of its visit, the Office of the Rapporteur gave a press conference and published Press Release 104/10: IACHR Office of the Rapporteur Attests to Structural Deficiencies in Prison System of El Salvador.

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Argentina, June 2010

The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, meets authorities of the Servicio Penitenciario Bonaerense during the visit to Argentina in June 2010. The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty and the Vice Chair of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina, Elena Highton de Nolasco, after a meeting that took place during the visit to Argentina, in June 2010
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty conducted a visit to Argentina on June 7-10, 2010. The purpose of the visit was to compile information for the preparation of a report that was presented to the Inter-American Court in the context of provisional measures. The delegation visited the Greater Buenos Aires Northern Complex; Sierra Chica Unit 2; Lisandro Olmos Unit 1; the Ensenada Police Station, Third Precinct (El Dique); the Berisso Police Station, First Precinct; and the Lomas de Zamora Police Station, Sixth Precinct. At the end of the visit, the IACHR issued Press Release 64/10: IACHR Rapporteurship Confirms Grave Detention Conditions in Buenos Aires Province.

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Ecuador, May 2010

The Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, and his delegation, enter the Penitentiary in Guayaquil during a visit to Ecuador in May 2010 The delegation visits the penitentiary of Guayaquil The delegation of the Office of the Rapporteur visits the childcare area in jail for women in Guayaquil
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty carried out a visit to Ecuador on May 19-21, 2010, in the framework of a standing invitation extended by the State of Ecuador to the IACHR. The delegation visited the Quito Women’s Center for Social Rehabilitation and the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil. At the end of the visit, the IACHR issued Press Release 56/10: Rapporteurship on Persons Deprived of Liberty Concludes Visit to Ecuador.

2009

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Uruguay, May 2009

On May 6, 7, and 8, the Office of the Rapporteur conducted a visit to Uruguay and visited three correctional facilities in the city of Montevideo: the National Rehabilitation Center, the Santiago Vásquez Prison Complex, and the "Medio Camino" halfway house for women. This was the first prison visit the Rapporteur for Persons Deprived of Liberty had made to Uruguay.

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Argentina, April 2009

On April 24, 2009, the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty carried out a visit to the Mendoza Provincial Prison and the Gustavo André Unit, in the province of Mendoza. The Office of the Rapporteur had first visited those prisons in December 2004, after which it made recommendations to the local authorities. The purpose of the April 2009 visit was to verify the state of these facilities and the degree of compliance with the provisional measures handed down by the Inter-American Court in 2004. In addition, the IACHR prepared a report it submitted to the Inter-American Court. The report is cited in the September 10, 2010, Order of the President of the Inter-American Court [available only in Spanish]. On November 26, 2010, the Inter-American Court lifted these provisional measures and archived the matter.

Related links:
See I/A Court H.R., Matter of the Mendoza Prisons regarding Argentina, in Provisional Measures

2008

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Paraguay, September 2008

The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty carried out an observation visit to the Neuropsychiatric Hospital of Asunción, Paraguay, on September 11, 2008, to verify compliance with precautionary measures granted by the IACHR on July 29, 2008 (PM 277-07). In addition, on September 11 and 12, Commissioner Meléndez met with authorities from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Public Health and Social Well-Being.

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Chile, August 2008

El Relator Florentín Meléndez ofrece declaraciones a la prensa tras la visita de observación a una penitenciaría en Chile Sección “Castigo” de una penitenciaría en Chile visitada por la Relatoría Salón de clases dentro de una penitenciaría en Chile
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas carried out a visit to Chile on August 21-25, 2008, in order to receive information and observe the situation of persons deprived of liberty in detention facilities in the country. The Office of the Rapporteur visited two juvenile detention centers (the San Joaquín Center for Provisional Internment of Minors, in Santiago, and “Tiempo Joven,” in San Bernardo); three prisons operated under concession (the Santiago I Preventive Detention Center, the Rancago Prison Complex, and the Valdivia Prison Complex); and the South Santiago Prison Center and the Valparaíso Prison Complex, as well as the Santiago Women’s Prison Center. At the end of the visit, the IACHR issued Press Release 39/08: Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty Concludes Visit to Chile.

2007

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Mexico, August 2007

Dormitorios del Reclusorio Preventivo Varonil Oriente Reclusorio Preventivo Varonil Oriente Salón de clases en el Centro de Readaptación Social de Ixcotel, en Oaxaca, México.
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Commissioner Florentín Meléndez conducted an observation visit to Mexico on August 6-11, 2007. One of the purposes of the visit was to verify the situation of persons deprived of liberty in several prisons in Mexico. The delegation was in the Federal District on August 6-8 and in Oaxaca on August 9-11. During the visit, the delegation visited the Eastern Preventive Prison for Men, the Santiaguito Social Readaptation Center, the Altiplano Federal Center for Social Readaptation, the Tlaxiaco Prison, and the Ixcotel Prison. The visit was announced through Press Release 41/07: IACHR President Visits Mexico. During the visit, the IACHR issued Press Release 43/07: IACHR President Meets with President of Mexico, and at the close of the visit it published Press Release 45/07: IACHR President Urges Investigation into Acts of Violence in Oaxaca.

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Haiti, June 2007

Miembros de la delegación de la Relatoría de Personas Privadas de Libertad de la CIDH toman testimonio a un interno en una penitenciaría de Puerto Príncipe, Haití Celda de aislamiento en una penitenciaría de Puerto Príncipe, Haití
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty visited Haiti on June 17-20, 2007, to receive information and observe the situation of persons deprived of liberty in certain detention facilities in Port-au-Prince. The delegation visited the National Penitentiary, the Delmas Police Station, the Delmas Prison for Minors, and the Prison for Women in Pétion-Ville. At the end of the visit, the IACHR published Press Release 32/07: Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty Concludes Visit to the Republic of Haiti.

2006

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Argentina, December 2006

Instalación eléctrica precaria en un centro penitencario de Buenos Aires, Argentina Dormitorio de un centro penitencario en Buenos Aires, Argentina Bilbioteca de un centro penitenciario en Buenos Aires, Argentina
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During the December 3-8, 2006, working visit to the province of Buenos Aires, Commissioner Florentín Meléndez, in his capacity as Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, visited the Lomas de Zamora 10 and Echeverría 3 Police Stations, and Units 28 and 36 of the Magdalena Prison Complex, on December 3. On December 4, the Rapporteur visited the Villa Devoto Prison (Penitentiary Unit 2), Women’s Unit 31 of the Ezeiza Complex, and the "Borda" Penitentiary Unit 20 (Men’s Central Psychiatric Service).

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Bolivia, November 2006

Cocina de la Penitenciaría de Chonchorro, en El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia Sala para coser para las internas del Centro de Orientación Femenina Obrajes, La Paz, Bolivia Area para lavar ropa del Centro de Orientación Femenina Obrajes, La Paz, Bolivia
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During a visit carried out November 12-17, 2006, by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Commissioner Florentín Meléndez, in his capacity as Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, visited the Chonchocorro Penitentiary (in El Alto) and the San Pedro Prison and Obrajes Women's Guidance Center (both in La Paz) to observe the human rights situation of persons deprived of liberty. At the end of the visit, the IACHR published Press Release 48/06: IACHR Checks Situation of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Some Jails in the Republic of Bolivia.

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Brasil, September 2006

Cartelera com horarios de actividades pedagógicas en el “Complexo do Tatuapé” de FEBEM, en la ciudad de São Paulo. El Relator Florentín Meléndez visita el centro de computación para internos en el “Complexo do Tatuapé” de FEBEM, en la ciudad de São Paulo. El Relator sobre los Derechos de las Personas Privadas de Libertad, Florentín Meléndez, toma testimonio a internos de la Penitenciaría “Dr. Sebastião Martins Silveira” en Araraquara, Estado de São Paulo.
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty conducted a visit to Brazil on September 20-22, 2006, to verify the situation at the “Dr. Sebastião Martins Silveira” Penitentiary in Araraquara, in the state of São Paulo, and the FEBEM "Tatuapé Complex," in the city of São Paulo. Both prisons have been the subject of provisional measures ordered by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The purpose of the visit was to verify compliance with the Court's measures. During the visit, the Rapporteur met with representatives of the beneficiaries of both provisional measures and their relatives, as well as with high-level authorities in charge of managing both facilities.

The observation at the "Tatuapé Complex" took place September 20, and the IACHR delegation's conclusions were presented to the Inter-American Court in its next written observations on the aforementioned provisional measures.

The observation at the Araraquara Penitentiary took place September 22. The IACHR delegation was also at the Serra Azul Penitentiary, where some of the beneficiaries had been transferred. The Commission decided to conduct that visit to gather concrete information, since the Inter-American Court was holding a hearing on the case on September 28, 2006. The Commission's conclusions were presented to the Court in a public hearing; after that, on September 30, 2006, the Court adopted provisional measures for all persons who were being held in that penitentiary on July 28, 2006.

Related links:
See I/A Court H.R., Matter of the Persons Imprisoned in the “Dr. Sebastião Martins Silveira” Penitentiary in Araraquara, São Paulo, regarding Brazil, in Provisional Measures

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República Dominicana, August 2006

Internos de una penitenciaría en República Dominicana toman cursos en el marco de un programa de capacitación y reintegración social El Relator de la CIDH juega al ping pong con un interno en el Centro de Atención Integral para Adolescentes en Conflicto con la Ley de República dominicana, durante una visita de observación en agosto de 2006 Dormitorios en una penitenciaría en República Dominicana visitada por la Relatoría
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The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty conducted a visit to the Dominican Republic on August 8-12, 2006, to observe the human rights situation of persons being held in detention centers in that country. The delegation visited the Higüey Public Jail, the La Victoria National Penitentiary, and the Center for the Comprehensive Care of Juvenile Offenders. It also visited detention centers whose facilities and administrative and disciplinary system were part of a new prison model. This included the Dajabón, Puerto Plata, Rafey Mujeres, Rafey Hombres, and Najayo Mujeres Correction and Rehabilitation Centers, as well as the Monte Plata Model Jail. The Rapporteur also led a workshop on the rights of persons deprived of their liberty, and on the inter-American system's protection mechanisms.

2005

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Colombia, November 2005

The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty carried out a visit to Colombia in November 2005, in conjunction with the Colombia Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in order to attest to prison conditions and the respect for the rights of persons deprived of liberty. The delegation visited the Buen Pastor Women's Prison in Bogotá and the Palo Gordo Prison in the municipality of Girón, Santander, to verify compliance with precautionary measures that had been issued by the IACHR for 106 inmates who were calling themselves political prisoners. The observation ended with a visit to the Vista Hermosa Penitentiary in Cali, as well as to police stations in that city.

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Brasil, June 2005

Rapporteur Florentín Meléndez conducted a nighttime visit to the "Tatuapé" Internment Center for Juvenile Offenders in São Paulo, Brazil, on June 23, 2005. He produced a report containing recommendations, as part of the processing of precautionary measures granted by the IACHR to the benefit of the youth being held in that institution.

2004

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Honduras, December 2004

An IACHR delegation visited adult and juvenile detention centers in the cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, in coordination with the IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF. On the occasion of the visit, the Commission of its own accord adopted precautionary measures to protect juvenile detainees who were being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. The delegation also made recommendations to the local authorities. On December 4, 2004, Press Release 26/04 was issued: IACHR and UNICEF Express Concern over Situation of Boys, Girls and Adolescentes Involved with Gangs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Guatemala, November 2004

An IACHR delegation visited detention centers in Guatemala City and Escuintla, including facilities for juveniles and adults. The visit was made in coordination with the IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF. On the occasion of the visit, the Commission of its own accord adopted precautionary measures to protect juvenile detainees who were being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. The delegation also made recommendations to the local authorities and participated in a promotional activity on the rights of persons deprived of liberty, geared toward mayors and departmental governors.