Dominican Whitewashing of Human Rights Abuses Is Collapsing After La Victoria Tragedy

Dominican Whitewashing of Human Rights Abuses Is Collapsing After La Victoria Tragedy

The whitewashing of the Dominican Republic’s human rights abuses is now collapsing. Last Thursday, following the tragic fire at the La Victoria National Penitentiary which killed at least 13, Deputy Eugenio Cedeño of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) of President Luis Abinader joined the rising chorus of voices demanding that administration of the prison system…

A Tragic Fire at the DR’s Largest Prison Exposes a Human Rights Disaster

A Tragic Fire at the DR’s Largest Prison Exposes a Human Rights Disaster

Earlier this week, a fire at La Victoria National Penitentiary, the largest prison in the Dominican Republic and the single largest prison facility in the Caribbean, claimed at least 11 lives.  The tragedy worsens a humanitarian crisis that is already at a high level of desperation. Initially, the Dominican government reported three deaths, which was…

ICYMI: Human Rights Lawyer Calls on US to Address “Lawfare” in the Dominican Republic

ICYMI: Human Rights Lawyer Calls on US to Address “Lawfare” in the Dominican Republic

In a March 14 letter to the editor of Americas Quarterly, international human rights lawyer Víctor Mosquera Marín called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to apply “the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms” as well as for Blinken to live up to his commitment to “[stand] to governments” that violate…

Dodd: Investigate Human Rights Abuses in the Dominican Justice System

Dodd: Investigate Human Rights Abuses in the Dominican Justice System

U.S. Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Christopher J. Dodd traveled to the Dominican Republic from March 7 through 9 in a visit that “underscores” the U.S. commitment to “defend democratic governance and the rule of law”, according to the State Department. Special Advisor Dodd attended on the sidelines of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)…

Prosecutorial Farce: Dominican Human Rights Abusers to Investigate Themselves?

Prosecutorial Farce: Dominican Human Rights Abusers to Investigate Themselves?

The Dominican Republic’s Public Ministry has been plunged into scandal yet again for violating international standards of human rights as well as Dominican law. This week, a leak coming from the ministry named prosecutor Francisco José Polanco Ureña as the subject of an embezzlement investigation, plastering his image and the news across the Dominican press…

ICYMI: Dominican Columnist Slams “Irresponsible, Disrespectful, Vulgar and Illegal” Intimidation of Judge by Public Ministry

ICYMI: Dominican Columnist Slams “Irresponsible, Disrespectful, Vulgar and Illegal” Intimidation of Judge by Public Ministry

Writing in the influential Dominican daily, El Nuevo Diario, journalist Carlos Lara said the intimidation and persecution of Judge Ana Lee Florimón and her family by “an unidentified group within the Public Ministry” is “regrettable and unacceptable and should receive all the repudiation of Dominican society.” Lara said the prosecutors responsible for persecuting the judge…

Dominican Government Pressed to Stop Denying Human Rights Abuses in Justice System

Dominican Government Pressed to Stop Denying Human Rights Abuses in Justice System

Activists and NGOs take the lead with international bodies while the governmentdenies, downplays and launches attacks The outcry over human rights abuses in the Dominican Republic has intensified thanks to the leadership of local civil society groups and international organizations, while the Dominican government remains in full denial. This week, the head of the influential…

Public Ministry Persecution of Judge Sparks Outrage in the Dominican Republic

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

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

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,…

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