Amnesty International barred from seeing political detainee

We, in KARAPATAN-Central Visayas, are disgusted over the rude treatment of international human rights observers at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center this afternoon.

Members of the London-based Amnesty Internationale were at the said jail to visit political prisoner and peace-advocate Ramon Patriarca, when they were barred at the gate by agency-hired security guards.

The security guards did not give any explanation for their action except that they were purportedly under strict orders from Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to have all Patriarca’s visitors secure first a permit from her.

This treatment bares the climate of martial law pervading in the jail amidst the din kicked off by its dancing inmates.

It demonstrates the repressive form of administration that ignores the inmates’ basic rights including the presumption of innocence.

In this light, we demand that the jail authorities and the provincial government to respect Patriarca’s rights and stop all repressive policies being imposed on the jail.

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