[News] Haiti - women deplore prison conditions
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Thu Dec 22 11:45:15 EST 2005
THE COLLECTIVE OF WIVES OF PRISONERS DENOUNCES
THE ILL TREATMENT INFLICTED UPON PRISONERS AT THE NATIONAL PENITENTIARY
Port-au-Prince, December 21, 2005, 3:25 PM (AHP)-
The CFP (Collective of Wives of Prisoners ) had
harsh words Wednesday in condemnation of the
ill-treatment they say has been inflicted upon
prisoners at the National Penitentiary.
During a news conference, two members of the
Collective, Willienne Alciné and Kermly Hernée,
said that the prisoners are living in sub-human
conditions in the country's largest detention facility.
Piled together like sardines, the prisoners do
not have access to potable water or or health care, they deplored.
Ms. Alciné and Ms. Hernée also criticized the
strike by judges at the Law courts while hundreds
of prisoners languish behind bars waiting to be heard in court.
The Collective asked the interim authorities and
particularly the Minister of Justice, Henri
Dorléáns, to respect their commitments on the
occasion of Christmas by bringing the detainees
before a judge and releasing those against whom there are no charges.
The Collective announced that it will hold a
sit-in on December 23 outside the Law Courts to
compel the government to meet their demands.
Hundreds of detainees have been imprisoned for
months at the National Penitentiary or at other
detention facilities across the country without being heard by a judge.
Many of them, including (elected) former Prime
Minister Yvon Neptune, (elected) former Interior
Minister Jocelerme Privert, folk-singer and
activist Annette Auguste and Father Gérard
Jean-Juste (are considered by Amnesty
International) & consider themselves to be
prisoners of conscience, due to the fact, they
say, that they are in prison because of their
political opinions and their affiliation with
LAVALAS, the party of President Aristide, who is
currently in exile in South Africa.
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