Human rights organizations denounce the release of 223 prisoners by government Commissioner

Posted by AlterPresse on Monday, January 8, 2018 Under: Security
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The Platform of Haitian Organizations for the Defense of Human Rights (POHDH denounces the release on Saturday, December 30, 2017, of 223 detainees by the government commissioner, Ocname Clamé Daméus, in an interview with the online agency AlterPresse.

The commissioner's action is superficial because it has not been carried out on any basis of rationality, criticizes the coordinator of the POHDH, Joseph Maxime Rony.

"Today, we are unable to know by what criteria these prisoners were released, the prosecutor does not make them public," he laments.

These releases are like a Christmas present to prisoners. A country can not function according to this logic, he castigates, calling on the judicial authorities to better collaborate with human rights organizations.

The records of 223 prisoners in the National Penitentiary, the Rehabilitation Center for Minors in Conflict with the Law (Cermicol) and the women's civil prison in Cabaret (West) were the subject of a thorough analysis, had tried to reassure the government commissioner.

In the media, the commissioner said that he only released detainees in prolonged pretrial detention, charged with minor offenses and misdemeanors.

Prolonged pre-trial detention in Haiti is a major problem.

"91% of those detained in the national penitentiary (main prison of the capital), awaiting trial, are deprived of their liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily," said the independent human rights expert of the United Nations ), the Colombian Gustavo Gallón, during a press conference, held on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

More than 70 percent of those deprived of their liberty in Haiti remain in prolonged pretrial detention, he reported.

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