Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti prison in dire straits

Straits Times May 25, 2010 PORT-AU-PRINCE (Haiti) – PRISONERS are dying in quake-hit Haiti’s largest jail due to ‘alarming’ conditions, human rights groups warned, saying that new facilities need to be built to relieve overcrowding. Two prisoners died in fights in the last two weeks as inmates battle for survival in the squalid National Penitentiary in the capital Port-au-Prince, the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (RNDDH) said. ‘The situation is very alarming,’ the group’s spokeswoman Marie-Yolaine Gilles told AFP Monday, adding that detainees are being crammed into tiny cells and not given any medical attention. The jail is ‘hell,’ said Jean-Claude Bajeux, director of the Ecumenical Centre for Human Rights, warning that conditions are so extreme that inmates ‘are sleeping standing up or just on scraps of fabric.’ It is ‘scary what’s happening in overcrowded prisons in Haiti – the […]

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