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Dozens of violent deaths reported in prisons in Ecuador

The Ombudsman's Office also confirmed “indications of torture” and deaths due to malnutrition of the prisoners.

The Ombudsman's Office of Ecuador issued a statement this Wednesday reporting cases of violent deaths of prisoners in prisons under military control "with signs of alleged torture", as well as alerts of deaths of prisoners due to malnutrition.

This report was issued by the Ombudsman's Office, after a judge ordered this institution to investigate complaints of human rights violations, presented by non-governmental organizations during the militarization of prisons ordered by the Government of President Daniel Noboa, in the framework of the “internal armed conflict” that he declared against organized crime.

According to its report, the Ombudsman's Office counted 24 deaths of prisoners in various prisons in the country between February 9 and March 7, 2024, “due to natural deaths and in other cases due to violent deaths, with signs of alleged torture. Likewise, there are alerts of the death of PPL (persons deprived of liberty) with signs of malnutrition.”

The complaints of excesses against the prison population were confirmed. Photo EFE

“From the information collected from family members, people deprived of liberty, the media and civil society, the increase in deaths in the CPL (deprivation of liberty centers) was identified; they are in the custody of the Armed Forces” , stated the Ombudsman's Office.

The institution indicated that it is carrying out permanent monitoring of the prisons in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha (whose capital is Quito), Cotopaxi, Sucumbíos and Napo, in which since May 1 the food service.

Likewise, he echoed journalistic reports that warn that the suspension of the food service will extend to the province of Guayas, whose capital is Guayaquil, where the largest prison complex in the country is located, which, with around 12.000 inmates, groups a third of the country's prison population.

“The authorities were aware of the possible risk of incidents in the centers due to feeding problems,” said the Ombudsman's Office.


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