ADVANTAGES

On February 25, 2016, the IACHR decided to request that precautionary measures be adopted in favor of the life and integrity of six persons who are held in the temporary detention center of Punta Coco, Panama. The request for precautionary measures alleges that the beneficiaries are at risk given the exceptional conditions of the detention in the center built on a deserted island. Moreover, the request alleges that Félix Humberto Paz Moreno, the legal representative of the detainees, is at risk as he has been subjected to threats and harassment from State agents. After analyzing the allegations of fact and law, the Commission considers that the information presented demonstrates, prima facie, that all of those detained in the Temporary Detention Center of Punta Coco are in a serious and urgent situation, as their lives and personal integrity are at risk. Consequently in accordance with Article 25 of its Rules and Procedures, the Commission requested Panama to adopt the necessary measures to preserve the life and personal integrity of those detained in the temporary detention center Punta Coco, particularly, through terminating the isolation in which they find themselves. Additionally, the Commission requested Panama to adopt the necessary measures to preserve the life and integrity of Félix Humberto Paz Moreno and to ensure his ability to carry out activities as human rights’ defender without being subjected to acts of violence and harassment for exercising his duties. Lastly, the IACHR requested Panama to provide information on the actions adopted to investigate the alleged facts that resulted on the adoption of a precautionary measure to avoid repetition, and to agree upon measures to be adopted with the beneficiaries and their representatives. (in Spanish).

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