The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has warned of “situations of violence, abuse and mistreatment” at a Paraguayan youth detention facility where two minors were killed in a fire.
The fire broke out on Sept. 13 at the Integral Education Center for Adolescents, injuring 14. Two later died from injuries sustained in the fire.
In a press release, the IACHR said it had alerted the National Mechanism for Torture Prevention of the serious problems at the facility.
The IACHR statement says adolescents were kept enclosed for long hours and denied proper access to medical care.
The commission has demanded Paraguay launch an “immediate, impartial and effective” investigation into the fire and the deaths.
Paraguay “has the indelible legal duty to adopt concrete actions to guarantee the interns right to life and personal integrity,” the commission said.
“We observe with concern the excessive use of preventative prison for adolescents,” the commission added.