July 7, 2023 –WILLEMSTAD – The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) continues to express strong concerns about the conditions in prisons and immigration detention centers in Aruba and Curaçao.
During its investigation in 2022, the CPT urged the local authorities to close the sea containers in Aruba and the barracks in Curaçao, which were used for immigration detention.
The cells in the prisons of Aruba and Curaçao were described by the CPT as dirty and dilapidated. Many cells had mold on the walls, and the spaces were too small for the number of inmates they housed. Furthermore, there were no suitable toilet facilities for people with disabilities.
In addition to addressing the impact of new legislation on prisoners, the CPT also demands an end to the ill-treatment of prisoners by Curaçaoan prison guards.
While acknowledging significant improvements in the material conditions, the CPT reiterates its recommendation that the Curaçao authorities take necessary steps to ensure that cells are used for single occupancy only and that police detention lasts only a few days.
Furthermore, measures need to be taken to improve access to natural light. Steps should be implemented to ensure that at least one cell is adapted for wheelchair users.