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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Yet Another Fire in the DR Breaks Out in Overcrowded Correctional Facility
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Yet Another Fire in the DR Breaks Out in Overcrowded Correctional Facility

Overcrowded conditions at Higüey Prison before Tuesday’s fire (source: Panorama) On Tuesday night, another fire broke out at an overcrowded prison in the Dominican Republic. A blaze tore through the preventive detention section of Higüey Prison in the latest tragic episode in the Dominican Republic’s preventive detention crisis. The fire at Higüey comes only weeks…

Ruling Party Loyalists Threaten Human Rights Advocates in Dominican Republic
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Ruling Party Loyalists Threaten Human Rights Advocates in Dominican Republic

Governing party loyalists in the Dominican Republic have escalated fierce public attacks on dissidents and human rights advocates, calling for their expulsion from the country. The attacks come amidst rising concern among international human rights monitors about worsening abuses at the hands of Dominican authorities throughout the country’s justice system. Adopting language common in Cuba…

Three Questions for the Biden Administration on the Dominican Republic
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Three Questions for the Biden Administration on the Dominican Republic

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, & Global Women’s Issues Subcommittee will hear testimony from Mark Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), as well as the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) Global Anti-Corruption Coordinator Richard Nephew…