The humanitarian crisis in prisons in Latin America is marked by violence (torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment), coupled with precarious health and nutrition, the absence of specific measures for the protection of vulnerable groups and the high level of overcrowding. This situation has been further aggravated by the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus.
A preliminary regional diagnosis concluded that in the case of Argentina there are difficulties in drawing attention to cases of institutional prison violence and for the victims to obtain reparation or recognition of their situation.
The Public Ministry of Defence, with the support of the EUROsociAL programme of the European Union, has designed a Registration, Communication and Comprehensive Care System for Victims of Institutional Prison Violence (SIRCAIVI), with the aim of identifying, registering and providing integral assistance to victims of institutional prison violence and their family members.
This system, which is being implemented in three countries in the region: Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica attempts settle a historic debt with people deprived of their liberty in terms of ill-treatment and torture in prisons with a specific public policy for which an effort has been made by various state institutions, through the constitution of the Inter-institutional Network against Institutional Violence-Table for dialogue and intersector action (Red-MEDAI).
Innovation to protect prisoners’ rights
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