In the Dominican Republic, 70 percent of all detainees are behind bars under an order of preventive imprisonment.

The Dominican Republic’s preventive detention crisis is an emergency.

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Public Ministry Persecution of Judge Sparks Outrage in the Dominican Republic
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Public Ministry Persecution of Judge Sparks Outrage in the Dominican Republic

Attorney General and Human Rights Groups Order Investigation and Demand Accountability The alleged persecution of Judge Ana Lee Florimón has lit a fire of controversy in the Dominican Republic. Last week, Judge Lee Florimón accused prosecutors in the Public Ministry of engineering a campaign of harassment, where she and her family have been followed by…

Dominican Government and Civil Society Clash as Preventive Detention Crisis Confirmed at International Hearing
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Dominican Government and Civil Society Clash as Preventive Detention Crisis Confirmed at International Hearing

Government spin on human rights abuses provokes anger before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Conflict broke out yesterday between human rights advocates and representatives of the government of the Dominican Republic as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reviewed proof of the “inhuman” treatment and conditions in the country’s justice system at a public…

Persecution of Judge Echoes U.N. Condemnation of Berenice for “Orchestrating” Human Rights Abuses
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Persecution of Judge Echoes U.N. Condemnation of Berenice for “Orchestrating” Human Rights Abuses

Judge denounces “public discredit campaign” and harassment of family;New facts support an investigation of Public Ministry by U.N. Special Rapporteur Human rights abuses in the Dominican justice system, already under fire before international bodies, took a dramatic turn last week at the Second Investigative Court of the National District in Santo Domingo. In open court,…