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UNSRT on Latin America: “There's no single country that can boast a single humane prison system”

last updated Mar 12, 2012

On Wednesday, 7 March 2012, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) Juan Méndez said in a press conference held in Geneva that “the situation of prisons in all of Latin America is very dire and very bad”. He reported of prison riots in Honduras, Brazil and México, due overcrowding of detention facilities; as well as prisoner abuse and harsh living conditions in Argentina. Mr Méndez also noted that so far, no country in South America has established a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). In response, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights called on all Latin American countries to establish National Preventive Mechanisms and implement international standards for the treatment of prisoners.

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