Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) has defended its human rights standards following reports that prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) were complaining about food, health care and other issues.
Twenty-one BVI prisoners are currently housed at the BCF.
They began arriving here in September after Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, announced that this country had agreed to temporarily house prisoners from the hurricane hit BVI.
BCF Public Relations Officer, Kerwin Albert, told St Lucia Times that when the BVI Minister with responsibility for prison, Myron Walwyn, visited the Saint Lucia prison recently he was ‘impressed.’
Albert disclosed that the minister met with management of the BCF and toured the facility.
“He indicated to us that he was quite impressed with our standards, especially our human rights standards,” the PRO stated.
Albert expressed the view that the visit of the BVI minister was prompted by allegations made by the BVI prisoners to their relatives back home.
“Basically, everything is okay – it was a bit difficult for them to settle in because of the fact that they were not getting their normal visits,” he told St Lucia Times.
However Albert said the BVI prisoners are now ‘settling in quite well and adjusting.’