The Ecuadorian government will seek to accelerate pardons for “elderly citizens, women, people with disabilities and the terminally ill” to reduce overcrowding after two rioting in a Guayaquil prison last Tuesday that left 118 prisoners dead.
This was confirmed by Bolívar Garzón, Director General of the National Service for Comprehensive Awareness of Adults Without Deprivation of Liberty (SNAI), during a press conference with Ecuadorian Government Minister Alexandra Vela this Friday.
Garzón has also stated that the process of repatriation of foreigners, which according to the Director General currently has 82 cases, is ongoing.
During the performance, Minister Vela assured that 3,600 members of the national police and armed forces were being mobilized in the country’s prisons to “ensure security” after the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, declared a state of emergency across the country on Wednesday Prison system.
In addition, the minister has confirmed that 41 of the deceased detainees have been identified, while 77 dead detainees remain to be identified.
The head of the SNAI has also described various measures the panel intends to implement as a result of the event to “restructure the prison system” and avoid situations like the one last Tuesday.
SNAI has confirmed that a number of special scanners will be installed to detect weapons and that inmates of the Guayaquil prison, where the riot took place, will be redistributed to avoid future clashes.
For its part, the UN office in Ecuador this Friday issued a declaration of solidarity with the families of the deceased and called for an “impartial investigation” into the events.
“The United Nations system in Ecuador (…) has reaffirmed its obligation to the national authorities to accompany a comprehensive prison reform and to provide technical assistance that addresses structural causes and involves the state, science, civil society and family associations (. .. ), and all parties involved ”, the Office explained in detail in the letter.
With 118 dead on Tuesday, more than 200 people have died in the country’s seven prisons this year, with one of the largest massacres on February 23 in Libertad Zonal 8 and Sierra Centro Norte prisons. in the province of Cotopaxi and in Cuenca in the province of Azuay, in which 80 prisoners died.