Current prison conditions in Haiti compromise the basic human rights and health of approximately 10,500 incarcerated individuals. Haitian prisons are overcrowded by 644%, according to the UN expert on human rights, and many inmates barely have space to stand in Port-au-Prince’s prisons. The horrific sanitary conditions and severe overcrowding will likely lead to unnecessary deaths in the coming months.
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UN expert flags ‘daily violations’ in Haiti prisons
March 9, 2017
Inmates in Haiti are subjected to “daily violations” of their fundamental rights, mostly stemming from egregious prison overcrowding resulting from the overuse of lengthy preventive detentions, a UN official said Thursday.
Gustavo Gallon, a UN expert focusing on human rights, said the impoverished Caribbean nation often flouts UN incarceration standards of 4.5 metres (14.8 feet) of prison area per inmate.
By those norms, Haiti’s prisons are overcrowded by some 644 per cent, Gallon said at a press conference in Port-au-Prince on his eighth visit to the divided Caribbean island shared with the Dominican Republic.
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