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Romania: Europe rights court blasts Romania prison conditions

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (25 April) took Romania to task for its dismal prison conditions, saying they could be considered inhumane and degrading.

Four Romanians had complained to the Strasbourg-based court of overcrowding in cells, unhygienic sanitary conditions, poor food and the presence of rats and insects.

ECHR judges backed their case, saying these conditions could be considered inhumane or degrading treatment — forbidden under the European Convention of Human Rights — as they had been subjected to “hardship going beyond the unavoidable level of suffering inherent in detention”.

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