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Haiti - FLASH : Dangerous coexistence of detainees at CERMICOL
19/04/2024 10:51:55

Haiti - FLASH : Dangerous coexistence of detainees at CERMICOL
The Center for the Reintegration of Minors in Conflict with the Law (CERMICOL) in Haiti presents a major humanitarian challenge : the forced cohabitation of three vulnerable groups of prisoners : children, women and men, deplores the Association of Volunteers for the Reintegration of Prisoners in Haiti.

The cohabitation of these groups exposes minors to potentially traumatic situations, both emotionally and physically, due to their proximity to adult offenders. The presence of violent and sometimes unstable adults in the same space as these fragile young people can have devastating consequences on their emotional and psychological development.

Likewise, women prisoners are particularly vulnerable. Cohabitation with male prisoners increases the risk of sexual abuse, violence and harassment. These women are often forced to live in fear.

As for male prisoners, promiscuity with women and children can also be a source of tension and conflict. Prison overcrowding and lack of privacy can lead to aggressive behavior and rivalries between inmates, creating an even more hostile and potentially dangerous environment for everyone in the prison.

On the health front, the unsanitary living conditions and overcrowding of CERMICOL constitute a fertile breeding ground for the transmission of contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, skin infections and respiratory diseases.

On a mental level, forced cohabitation in such a hostile environment can lead to serious psychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. The lack of privacy, constant noise and constant threat of violence can have a devastating impact on the mental health of prisoners, exacerbating the suffering they already experience.

For the Association of Volunteers for the Reintegration of Prisoners in Haiti, it is imperative that measures be taken urgently by putting an end to this dangerous cohabitation and by offering appropriate detention solutions for each vulnerable group.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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