AMERICA/PARAGUAY - "There is no justice in Chaco" denounces the Apostolic Vicar

Monday, 21 August 2017 human rights   bishops   indigenous  

El Chaco (Agenzia Fides) – Mgr. Gabriel Narciso Escobar Ayala, S.D.B., Apostolic Vicar of Chaco Paraguayo (Paraguay) has denounced the irresponsibility in the judicial management of public defenders who won the competition to work in the department of Alto Paraguay. Most of the winners of the competition, once they gain their position, thanks to political favors, avoid working in the area and go to other regions.
In a note sent to Agenzia Fides, Mgr. Escobar, recalls that the office of the public defender, set up in that department in 2015, involves four defenders. Since that date only one actually works in the area, the other three operate in other regions.
"The population is poor in this department, but its large extension, much wider than other regions of the country, makes it impossible for one person to provide assistance to all its inhabitants", said Mgr. Escobar.
"There are many humble people in the area, especially those who work in farms, or as workers, who are exploited by employers and do not receive the salary they deserve by law. These people, without legal assistance, turn to the Bishop because they cannot afford a private lawyer, but what I can give them is just spiritual assistance", concludes Mgr. Escobar. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 21/08/2017)