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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

OAS requests Ecuadorian gov't improve jail conditions

The Organization of American States (OAS) suggested Friday the Ecuadorian government improve the food and health conditions of the prisoners.

"The general conditions are good, but it would be better to improve the food and health conditions of the prisoners" to preserve their human rights, said Rodrigo Escobar, OAS representative for prisoners.

This week, Escobar visited many prisons in Quito, in the company of officials from the Ecuadorian Justice and Human Rights Ministry.

Escobar also talked with the assistant chief of the Judicial Police, Victor Hugo Cartagena, about such issues as the legal processes regarding the handling of crimes and the treatment of detainees.

There are 33 jails in Ecuador housing some 11,698 prisoners, but their actual accommodation capacity is only for 9,032 people, the Justice and Human Rights Ministry said.

It added that the problem of overcrowding has been largely reduced during the term of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

Source: Xinhua