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A report from the CNDH reveals weaknesses in Mexico City’s juvenile detention centres

Thursday 20th of April 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

On April 5th, Mexico’s National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) published the report 1/2017 on treatment and conditions in youth detention centres. This report was produced following visits to five of Mexico City’s juvenile detention centres this past January, and presents the weaknesses found in these centres. 

During the visits, the conditions of the centres were evaluated, analyzing and verifying their compliance with fundamental rights of children deprived of their liberty as established by the United Nations, and also with the national law on juvenile justice (Ley Nacional del Sistema Integral de Justicia para Adolescentes).

Among the patterns encountered, the report exposes weaknesses related to the space available, lack of staff, the quality of the food, the privacy of communications, the control of the inmates and their lack of respect towards the staff. Likewise, during these visits, some children in detention have assured having been victims of insults and mistreatment from security staff.  

The objective of the report is to “prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments” in order to “indentify the necessary measures to prevent them and improve the conditions experienced by persons who are deprived of their liberty.”

This publication concludes with words from Luis Raúl González Pérez, the president of the CNDH, requesting the appointment of a public official within a 20-day delay in order to establish a dialogue and to follow-up on the observations stated.

The IJJO hopes that this report will translate into urgent actions to rectify, monitor and demand accountability regarding the poor conditions imposed on children detained in these centres, as well as into an investigation on the abuses and mistreatments that have been reported.

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