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UN warns increased lengthy pre-trial detention in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Lengthy pre-trial detention increased 9% in the last nine months, the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) warned today.

BINUH said indicator went from 76 to 85% percent from June 2020 to March 2021, which threatens the foundations of the same rule of law, the UN said.

The international body asked appropriate authorities to solve the situation ‘considered as inhuman and degrading treatment for people’, and encouraged the government to reduce overcrowding in penitentiaries.

According to a BINUH´s report, Haiti’s prisons are currently operating three times their capacity, amid recurrent riots that triggered lengthy pre-trial detention cases.

Magistrates have been promoting an indefinite strike since mid-February to pressure the Government to respect the independence of the Judiciary and force Haitian president to withdraw the decrees by which he dismissed three supreme judges with permanent positions, in accordance with current laws.