RAPPORTEURSHIP ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY
CONDUCTS VISIT TO CHILE
Washington, August 18, 2008 — The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will conduct a visit to Chile from August 21-25, 2008.
The purpose of the visit, which comes in response to an invitation by the government of Chile, is to receive information and observe the human rights situation of persons deprived of liberty in various detention centers in the country. The IACHR delegation will be composed of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Dr. Florentín Meléndez, and staff members of the Executive Secretariat.
The Rapporteurship will visit prisons in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, in Valparaíso, and in the Region of the Liberator General Bernardo O’Higgins. The delegation will also hold meetings with high-level authorities of the State and representatives of civil society.
Following the visit, the delegation will participate in the Second Meeting of Officials Responsible for Penitentiary and Prison Policies of the OAS Member States, which will take place August 26-28 in Validivia, Chile.
The IACHR appreciates the cooperation and facilities offered by the Chilean government and civil society organizations in preparation for this visit.
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