UN Investigates Haitian Prison Killings

“Help we’re going to die”, screamed Haitian prisoners after the earthquake in January, 2010. Their screams were met with demands to lie down and then gunfire.

The prison in Les Cayes, Haiti is being investigated by the United Nations for the deaths that occurred at the hands of prison guards a week following the earthquake. UN spokesman, David Wimhurst said,

“As far as we’re concerned there was a major human rights violation in that prison.”

Prison officials blamed deaths on riot ringleaders who escaped. Interviews with released prisoners all say that unarmed prisoners were lying down as ordered when shot.

Most of the prisoners had been locked up for months, and for some years, without having been convicted of a crime. Out of the 467 prisoners, 336 were said to be detainees. Charges ranged from loitering to armed robbery.

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