Asia Justice Material conditions Violence RussiaRussia’s most significant opposition leader for the past decade, Alexei Navalny, has died in an Arctic Circle jail, the prison service has said. President Vladimir Putin’s most vociferous critic, he was serving 19 years on extremism charges that were widely seen as politically motivated.
South America Justice Material conditions Torture EcuadorAn Ecuadorian judge has ordered the Ombudsman’s Office to investigate alleged acts of torture by the military in several prisons in the country. The move comes under the state of emergency enacted by the government at the beginning of January to end a prison riot crisis.
Asia Justice Material conditions Overcrowding Torture PakistanPakistan’s prisons remain terribly overcrowded and under-resourced, and nascent efforts at progressive reform are stymied by ingrained attitudes of discrimination, including against religious and ethnic minorities.
Europe Justice Drugs MaltaThe Ministry for Justice has launched a public consultation process on a Bill which proposes that persons who were found in possession of drugs in jail, and in the meantime have already served a prison sentence and have rehabilitated themselves, can qualify to be tried by the drugs court.
North America Justice Material conditions CanadaOver the past year, records indicate that at least 24 offenders had their incarceration time reduced due to frequent lockdowns, pest infestations, and other harsh treatment at the Toronto South Detention Centre in Etobicoke, near Kipling Avenue and the Gardiner Expressway.
Asia Justice Material conditions Rehabilitation IndiaThe Telangana Congress government should review prison practices for a fair and transparent system that promotes prisoners’ reintegration.
Middle East Justice Material conditions Overcrowding IsraelThe Knesset National Security Committee voted unanimously to extend Israel’s “incarceration emergency” until mid-January, allowing the country’s correctional system to continue housing prisoners in what would otherwise be considered illegally cramped conditions.
North America Justice Health United StatesAntonio Arnez Smith was granted medical furlough in September but was not released to his family until October. He died four days later.
United States: $4 million settlement for inhumane living conditions at Southern Regional Jail under consideration
North America Justice Material conditions United StatesA tentative settlement in the amount of $4 million was presented on Thursday with regard to a class action lawsuit alleging inhumane living conditions and unethical treatment incurred by inmates at Southern Regional Jail.
Africa Access to legal rights Justice Death penalty NigeriaBodies canvassing for the abolishment of death penalty for capital offenders in the country have commenced comprehensive training for Nigerian lawyers to increase their commitment to pro bono legal services.
Africa Pre-trial detention Justice NigeriaThree years after violent suppression of nationwide #EndSARS protests against police brutality, at least fifteen protesters arrested in 2020 are still being arbitrarily detained – the majority of them without trial – in Kirikiri Medium Correctional Centre and Ikoyi Medium Security Correctional Cent…
Middle East Justice SyriaThousands of people have “vanished” inside Syria’s prison system over more than a decade of civil conflict. Their families are left in a desperate situation, forced to pay out large sums of money to middlemen, government and security officials for any information about their loved ones - often with…