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UNODC and the General Directorate of the Penitentiary System of Panama present the Technical Consultative Opinion on Foreign Persons Deprived of Liberty

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On 20 November 2013, the General Directorate of the Prison System of Panama in conjunction with UNODC through its Project "Supporting Prison Reform in Panama", presented the  Technical Consultative Opinion on Foreign Citizens Deprived of Liberty . This  Technical Consultative Opinion  aims to contribute in the design and implementation of a prison policy that responds to the growing number of foreign detainees in the country, in accordance with international obligations assumed by the Republic of Panama.

According to data provided by the General Directorate of the Prison System, there are approximately 1,400 foreign-born persons in custody, of which 60% are Colombian citizens.

As an outcome of the recommendations obtained from this  Technical Consultative Opinion, the General Directorate of the Prison System presented a leaflet including relevant information for foreign detainees: explanation of the procedure for repatriation and its requirements, a list of treaties existing between Panama and other countries, a list of existing international conventions in this field, as well as a transfer request model form.

The meeting was attended by the Consulates of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia.

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