Deaths and infections by Covid in CDMX prisons is much darker: ASILEGAL

The agency noted "the lack of transparency and infodemic with which we face to protect the rights of the population we serve"
Mexico City became the state entity with the highest number of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PPL) with accumulated infections (1,040) and deaths (54) from Covid-19, concentrating 50% of infections at the national level and With this, both the Government Secretariat of Mexico City and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) demonstrate that the outlook is much darker due to its lack of transparency, denounced ASILEGAL.

After the government secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that 1040 accumulated infections and 54 deaths in the PPL were recorded in the 13 penitentiary centers of the city, the opacity in which they kept the information was demonstrated, as only two days ago it was known 76 infections and 5 deaths.

In the past 3 months of pandemic, confinement and increased health crisis in different strata, civil society organizations such as ASILEGAL have been profusely clear in documenting the lack of transparency and infodemic that we face to protect rights of the population we serve, "says the statement.

"From ASILEGAL, we wonder if the relatives of these more than 1000 people who were infected - and the 54 deceased - throughout the pandemic had enough information to face the adversity that the context implies," they questioned.

They explained that with this information on the CDMX penitentiary centers now they represent 47% of the contagions accounted for at the national level, surpassing the states of Jalisco and Puebla by more than 35 percentage points.
"The lack of seriousness and respect for transparency institutions by the same Ministry of the Interior of Mexico City and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), which just 10 days ago published a special report on penitentiary centers and COVID -19 where no mention is made of these infections and deaths, denote that the prison scene is much darker and more elusive than previously assumed, "they said. .

They added that from the beginning the possibility for the media and civil society to fully understand the true threat facing the PPL was blocked.

“In the absence of a true intention of cooperation of the authorities with civil society, every day we will have the possibility that the final result of the count of infections and deaths will be multiplied by two. We denounce that this type of figures that, in full knowledge of the authorities, have remained silent until now, complicate any type of monitoring and defense of human rights in the country, ”they lamented.

They raised a series of questions that they have asked through repeated requests for access to information before the INAI, which remain unanswered. For example, how is the breakdown by sex in terms of infections? How has the evolution been in the last three months, according to the prison and age of those affected? How does the CNDH and the Mexico City Human Rights Commission carry out their surveillance and monitoring so as not to notice the growth of contagion in the capital's prisons? How often does a CNDH visit to the affected centers happen?

They asked the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (MNPT) to visit the CDMX penitentiary centers to identify the actions that are being taken to mitigate the impact of this pandemic.

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