The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, upon concluding his visit to the country, said that detention conditions in provincial police stations and prisons “severely contravene international standards and are incompatible with human dignity.” He also denounced the “degrading” conditions in the Melchor Romero psychiatric hospital and police violence in low-income neighborhoods. At the same time, he urged the Argentine state to allocate “sufficient resources to ensure the timely processing and adjudication of the remaining cases and trials for crimes against humanity.”
Twelve years after the fact, a criminal court convicted three officials from the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service over the 33 deaths that occurred in a prison in the town of Magdalena.
One month ago, the trial over the “Magdalena massacre” began. The testimony thus far confirms that prison officials locked the pavilion where a fire had broken out and left the scene. 33 of the 35 people trapped inside died of asphyxia or burns.
The Argentine state’s compliance with the Convention against Torture will be evaluated on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27. CELS submitted a report to the UN Committee that carries out the evaluation and contributed to two reports produced with other organizations.
The Rules are a parameter for detention conditions worldwide. They were updated, for the first time in 60 years, with the objective of providing greater protection to persons deprived of their liberty.