St. Maarten Inmates Association holds peaceful protest to stand up for human rights

POSTED: 05/24/11 1:16 PM

St. Maarten – The Pointe Blanche Inmates Association sent out a press release yesterday stating that the inmates are “into a second week of peaceful protest in which they are standing up for their human rights.”

The Inmates Association says that, based on a court ruling, the unhygienic and inhumane situation at the prison was to be addressed during the renovation that was scheduled to begin in February of this year. “Up to date that ruling has not been respected, continues to be neglected and violated by the honorable Minister of Justice,” the Association wrote in its press release.

“The Minister must not forget that he is sworn into office and has agreed to uphold the constitution. He must understand that he, under no circumstances can and should violate human rights including those of inmates.”

The inmates are calling upon the supervisory committee, the prosecutor’s office and the Committee for Prevention of torture and upon all members of parliament to “use the constitution and follow up on reports (about the conditions at the prison – ed.) in order to stop Mr. R. Duncan from violating inmates’ human rights.”

 

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