Mexico: Prison issues intensified nationwide

On November 25, the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) acknowledged in the 2008 National Report on Prison Supervision, that “for the third consecutive year” Chiapas, along with 7 other states, “has failed [to meet] conditions” in terms of human rights. The CNDH also stated that, “the dysfunctional prison systems in the majority of the country is one of the weakest parts of public security”.

In the case of Chiapas, the beginning of a hunger strike by dozens of prisoners in three different prisons in February of this year exemplified the problems in prisons as one of the biggest issues with the justice system. As a whole and to date, the government of Chiapas has freed more than 300 prisoners, however this has been done without publishing a list of names, or information about their political or organizational affiliations. However, it is known that 41 of those released had participated in the hunger strike.

Among the prisoners who initiated the hunger strike, six people remain incarcerated, all of them members of the groups “La Voz de Amate” and “La Voz de Los Llanos”, organizations which are members of the Other Campaign.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Diagnóstico Nacional de Supervisión Pentienciaria 2008, CNDH (noviembre de 2008)

Se agrava la problemática en las cárceles del país, según analisís de la CNDH, La Jornada (26/11/2008)

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