Colombia will support Ecuador in prison reform and they talk about reopening the border

Bogotá, Dec 17 2021 (AFP) – Colombia will support Ecuador in the prison reform that it will launch to overcome the security crisis that leaves hundreds of deaths, President Iván Duque announced on Friday in a meeting with his counterpart Guillermo Lasso. can count on the “unrestricted support of Colombia” to carry out the “reform of the prison system,” declared Duque from the Caribbean city of Cartagena. The president made the Ministry of Justice and the National Penitentiary Institute available for the success of the initiative. In November, Lasso proposed a “citizen defense bill” to address the crisis that this year alone leaves 316 dead in clashes between rival gangs. This Friday, Quito announced the creation of a commission of representatives of civil society, churches and academia that will seek tools to eradicate violence. Duque celebrated that Lasso’s proposal seeks to create a “transparent and effective system that really has re-socialization.” for the inmates. “The people of Ecuador are grateful for all the help they can give us in this matter and in matters of security in general,” Lasso replied. Accompanied by their cabinets, the leaders also addressed the gradual reopening of the border, which It began on Wednesday with the passage of vehicles after 20 months of closure due to the pandemic and that this Friday was expanded to the passage of people. They also discussed trade, environment and sustainable development, among other points. It is the fourth time that Lasso has met with Duque since he won the election in April. At the last meeting, at the end of November, Colombia promised to expedite the repatriation of some 170 detainees to alleviate the overcrowding of Ecuadorian prisons. Overpopulation is 30%. Delegates from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) who analyzed the situation promised to issue “technical recommendations” in the coming days. Lasso blames the violence on drug trafficking groups, who use their nation for the transit and storage of cocaine. Colombia, the world’s largest exporter of this drug, also pledged to support the “fight against transnational crime.” Da / vel / dg



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