Friday, November 30, 2012 12:35 pm
Probe finds abuse in Guatemala mental hospital
The Associated Press
The Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala led an investigation by groups including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Disability Rights International. Executive director Segun Nery Rodenas said Friday that the probe found patients in the Federico Mora hospital suffering from a lack of medical attention, along with abuse by staff and inmates from a neighboring prison who were allowed into the hospital. The commission called for Guatemala to swiftly address conditions in the hospital.
Investigators found more than 300 children in solitary confinement, and patients in locked cells who died of preventable diseases due to lack of medical attention.