UN slams Panama’s subhuman prisons
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
The La Joya hell hole
A United Nations report has found “subhuman” conditions in Panama’s two principal prisons La Joya and La Joyita and the country is five years behind in implementing the national mechanism for the prevention of torture.
The report by the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) results from a visit to the country in August last year and it calls on the government to activate the national mechanism of prevention against torture, the crime of torture regulated in the Penal Code so that it is imperceptible and to reinforce public defence for those deprived of liberty, as well as improving the conditions in the two prisons.
The report was made public last month past, after the endorsement of the Panamanian State, reports La Prensa.
It reveals all the observations of the SPT after having visited prisons, police substations, psychiatric institutions and correctional facilities for young people, as well as detention facilities for migrants.