Category Archives: Uruguay

Uruguay Reaches Record High Prison Population (SP)

May 31, 2013 – Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture visited Uruguay in December 2012 and noticed a prison emergency because of the inhuman conditions and the excessive overpopulation.  Today the country’s prison population has reached a record 10,000 inmates, giving it one of the highest prison populations in South America.

Costa Rica Today (SP): United Nations Calls on the Americas to End the Solitary Confinment of Minors

March 12, 2013 – Juan Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture urged the absolute prohibition to isolation against children, which until today is a common practice in United states, chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil. The Rapporteur reminded  his conclusions in 2011 about isolation and the prohibition even against adults, for no more than 15 days. However, the average period of time of isolation is 30 days like in Uruguay. Prisons do not provide sufficient guaranties, even mentally ill people are subject to isolation.

Human Rights Council Begins Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture

March 2013 – The 22nd session of the Human Rights Council began its interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez on 4 March. The Special Rapporteur presented country-specific reports on his visits to Tajikistan, Morocco, and Uruguay, and a thematic report on abusive practices in health-care settings.

Uruguay (SP): UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez calls for the closure of units of the Comcar prison


Sesión de Control (SP): Uruguay is a Prisoner’s Country

December 9, 2012 – After the visit of the previous Rapporteur for the United Nations on Torture Manfred Nowak, who stated that prisoners in Uruguay were treated as animals, Juan Mendez the current Rapporteur manifested that the situation of the penitentiary system in Uruguay still has many issues. Many prisons do not follow the international standards and he recommended that they should be closed. Some prisons are overcrowded and exceed 300% of their limit.

UN (SP): Uruguay has Advanced in its Fight Against Torture and Cruel Punishment But Much Still Remains to Be Done

December 6, 2012 – The  Special Rapporteur notes that, while Uruguay has made progress in the fight against torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, much remains to be done, especially in the improvement of conditions in detention.

El Observador (SP): Juveniles Held in Inhumane and Overcrowded Detention Facilities in Uruguay

December 7, 2012 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez visited Hogar Puertas, a juvenile detention center in Uruguay where approximately sixty children reside in inhuman conditions. During his visit, the Rapporteur saw three children who were held in a cell designed for one person, having to eat, sleep and defecate inside three square meters of space. Overcrowding is a common problem in juvenile detention centers throughout Uruguay and often impedes juvenile rehabilitation which is the leading objective of juvenile punishment.

EL PAIS (Uruguay) (SP): UN Expert Concludes Some Uruguayan Prisons are Inhumane and Inhospitable

December 7, 2012 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez concluded that Uruguayan juvenile detention centers are in dire need of major reforms due to persistent inhuman conditions. During the follow-up visit, he recommended closing punishment areas that violate children’s basic human rights.

BRECHA (SP): UN Expert Concludes Emergency Continues in Uruguayan Prisons

December 7, 2012 – During the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s follow-up visit to Uruguay, Uruguayan prison conditions continued to be a source of great concern. Most notably, Mr. Méndez detected severe overcrowding, poor hygiene conditions, and lack of education and employment for juveniles held in detention.

VTV NOTICIAS (SP): UNICEF Echoes Special Rapporteur’s Concern about the Condition of Uruguayan Detention Centers for Minors

December 7, 2012 – While visiting Uruguay, a UNICEF representative recognized the significant advances the Uruguayan government has undertaken to protect human rights since the former Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak’s March 2009 visit. The representative, however, noted serious concerns regarding inhuman prison conditions, particularly in juvenile detention centers, a concern that current Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez similarly expressed.