Since May 2013, Dr. Arthur Porter has suffered countless injustices that are keeping him illegally locked up in one of the worlds most notoriously dangerous prisons without allowing for the medical care that he urgently needs. He currently remains at La Joya prison in Panama. (For the full editorial describing the events in full, click here)
La Joya is a prison in Panama City, Republic of Panama. The facility is overcrowded and repeatedly accused of systematic abuses against its population. It has been called one of the world’s most notoriously dangerous prisons. Clean drinking water is sometimes not provided for days. Arthur Porter and other inmates catch rain water when they can. In January 2013, Arthur Porter was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis on the liver, bones, and lymph nodes. He has an oxygen tank that he uses to help him breathe. He began chemotherapy and radiation treatments immediately after diagnosis. He was scheduled to begin his second round of radiation treatment June 4th, 2013. However, he was illegally arrested on May 27th, 2013 and has not been allowed medical care since.
Although the press has been given documents that shed light on the current situation, the documents never get printed in their entirety or sometimes not at all. On this site, maintained by the Porter family, we will provide you with the documents, our knowledge of what has happened so far, and answer your questions in order to ensure the public is fully informed. What is happening is wrong. What the family is going through is terrible. And, most importantly, what Arthur Porter is being put through is a violation of his human rights. Put simply, it is unjust.
This story is just not about Arthur Porter. We MUST hold the system accountable. This story is about all of us.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, the media has seemingly already convicted Arthur. The media is acting like Judge, Jury and Executioner.