State of exception extended in Ecuador prisons | News

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The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, signed on Tuesday the extension of the state of emergency that governs the country's prisons for another 30 days.


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Lasso signed Decree No. 878 that renews the measure in the face of the "serious internal commotion in all detention centers."

In that sense, the Ecuadorian Executive justifies the state of emergency measure following the same parameters that motivated the first decree, the security and lives of people deprived of liberty.

That is, via decree, the authorities will be able to act more quickly when restoring order and the normal functioning of the prisons.

The Government indicated that it intends to control the circumstances that have altered the functioning of the prison system such as "riots that usually involve violent confrontations between organized crime groups", in which there are serious injuries, mutilations and murders of inmates.

The measure also enables the authorities to carry out searches inside penitentiary centers to prevent the illegal possession of weapons, explosives and other items that could threaten the safety of those deprived of liberty.

Likewise, this is the only extension that the Executive can make to the state of emergency. This is because the Public and State Security Law determines that they will have a maximum validity of 60 days, and may be renewed for up to thirty additional days at most.

Ecuador is experiencing an unprecedented wave of insecurity that affects prisons and the streets. This has already left, until the end of August, more than 3,500 violent deaths so far this year.

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