Civil Society Representatives Decry Gov’t Dismissal Of Licadho Prison Report

Rights groups said the government should be more open to human rights violations uncovered by NGOs and use them to issue corrective measures, rather than dismiss them without consideration and investigation.

Representatives of civil society and rights groups asked the government to not instinctively reject a report issued earlier this week by rights group Licadho about the condition of pregnant women and mothers in prison.

The report, released as a video on November 25, showed the difficulties faced by pregnant women in prison, who said they often had no access to medical facilities nor were they provided with nutritious food, clean water and other basic necessities.

However, a day later, the General Department of Prisons was quick to dismiss the report, calling it a “one-sided opinion.” Licadho is one of the few NGOs allowed to enter prisons to provide medical and social assistance to inmates.

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