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First in the world: Human rights committee in each prison

Representatives of the Catholic Church, the Public Ministry and the Human Rights Commission in the Dominican Republic have signed two agreements to provide better services to prisoners nationwide.

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, Dr. Francisco Dominguez Brito and Attorney General Manuel María Mercedes are behind the new deal that will create 18 human rights committees to be assigned to every prison and correctional facility on the island.

Each committee will be required to perform inspections, set up rehabilitation programs and organize ongoing monitoring of compliance with the provisions of the Charter Magna, which establishes the implementation of fundamental rights in prisons.

This initiative will make the Dominican Republic the first country in the world to have a human rights committee for each penitentiary in the nation. “This is our contribution and newest challenge aimed at strengthening the Dominican prison system,” Mercedes said.

The committees will be comprised of a member of the National Human Rights Commission, one staff member from each prison, a representative of the provincial correctional board, one public defender, and a member of the Prison Ministry.

Source: Pangea Today

Category: DR News |

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Last updated March 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM
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