THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN
RIGHTS EXPRESSES ITS CONCERN
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its profound concern regarding recent acts of violence, on January 5, 2007, in the Apanteos Prison in Santa Ana, El Salvador, which resulted in the deaths of 21 inmates.
According to information provided to the IACHR, a group of inmates started a riot on the afternoon of Friday, January 5, which triggered grave acts of violence that led to the deaths of 21 inmates.
The IACHR has referred on previous occasions
to the state of the prisons in El Salvador and has stated that the State
needs to take all necessary steps to protect the life and personal safety
of prison inmates and to solve the problem of overcrowding. Accordingly,
the IACHR reiterates that the State’s human rights obligations include the
duty to take all measures needed to reach an appropriate solution to the
current plight of the prisons and to prevent a recurrence of acts of
conflict, violence, and deaths.
Washington, D.C., January 9, 2007