Africa Pre-trial detention Women Minors Foreign prisoners LGBTQI Long-term prisoners Mental health Material conditions Facilities Suicide Death penalty Torture Activities Social ties Alternatives Work South AfricaAll there is to know about South African prisons in 2023. Key figures, life in detention, references: discover all the data gathered by Prison Insider.
Middle East Discipline Health Mental health Material conditions Overcrowding Torture Violence IsraelThe increase in detained Palestinians in Israeli prisons since 7th October has reportedly resulted in overcrowding, deprivation of medical treatment, and restriction of drinking water and food. NGO and media reports also document violent and degrading arrests.
Mental health Material conditions Death penalty TortureWorld Day Against the Death Penalty is observed every year on 10 October. This year, the day is dedicated to the inherent connection between the death penalty and torture. To mark the occasion, Marie Salphati and Xavière Prugnard described their work for FIACAT on recognising this connection.
Africa Material conditions Death penalty Torture Social ties Congo - KinshasaThe death penalty is still in force in the DRC. Death sentences continue to be imposed despite a de facto moratorium on executions. ACAT-DRC is performing long-running advocacy work to achieve abolition. Interview.
Africa Pre-trial detention Women Minors Foreign prisoners LGBTQI Long-term prisoners Access to legal rights Discipline Justice Health Mental health Material conditions Suicide Overcrowding Torture Violence Activities Social ties Work Congo - BrazzavilleAll there is to know about Congolese prisons in 2023. Key figures, life in detention, references: discover all the data gathered by Prison Insider.
North America Mental health Torture United StatesThe research is clear – it’s bad for prison violence, terrible for inmates and poses increased risks for society.
Australia: criminalising and prosecuting torture could deter practices such as solitary confinement in detention
Oceania Torture Australia
Central America and the Caribbean Overcrowding Torture El SalvadorNew rules passed by El Salvador’s congress Wednesday will allow courts to try accused gang members in mass trials, in an effort to expedite tens of thousands of cases for those detained under the country’s crackdown on street gangs.
Africa Women Justice Torture Central African RepublicRepresentations of witchcraft are very prevalent in Central African society. The penal code nevertheless criminalises certain practices of witchcraft and charlatanism. The same people are targeted over and over again: women, especially those who are older and isolated. Interview.
Europe Mental health Torture United KingdomInspectorate calls for urgent improvements, particularly in treatment of prisoners with mental health problems.
Asia Justice Torture Myanmar (Burma)
South Africa: JICS finds evidence of racial discrimination, human rights abuses against “Phoenix accused”
Africa Material conditions Torture South AfricaThe Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) are at loggerheads over findings of an investigation into allegations of abuse of inmates of Indian descent jailed in Phoenix during the July 2021 unrest.
Africa Overcrowding Torture Congo - BrazzavilleOvercrowded prisons, over-use of remand, cases of torture and mistreatment, horrific detention conditions: in the Congo, prisoners’ rights are barely respected. Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT), an NGO in the Congo protecting human rights, is pushing for change. Interview…
Central America and the Caribbean Torture HondurasAuthorities in Honduras forced inmates to sit half-naked in tight rows while they searched for contraband in a sweep of prisons Monday, similar to the harsh tactics of neighbouring El Salvador. The military police — who have taken charge of the nation’s prisons — fanned out across several prisons,…
Asia Death penalty Torture North KoreaA two-year-old North Korean was sentenced to life in prison after officials found a Bible in the toddler’s parents’ possession, as the totalitarian regime continued to “execute” and “torture” religious worshippers. As many as 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in North Korea, according to a new Inter…
Minors Oceania Material conditions Torture Violence AustraliaThe troubled Banksia Hill youth detention centre is facing fresh scrutiny amid allegations a girl was sexually harassed by custodial officers. Detainees at Banksia Hill and Casuarina Prison’s Unit 18 youth facility claim they have been subjected to excessive use of force, ongoing lockdowns, forced…
Africa Women Torture Violence EgyptHigh walls, mobile prison, overcrowded rooms, and no regard for one’s bodily autonomy: this is what many women and girls deal with in Egypt’s prisons, only for being human rights activists, journalists, or political opponents to the regime. Over the past seven years, Egypt’s prisons, especially the…
Asia Material conditions Torture Violence North KoreaExtrajudicial executions, rape, forced abortions, jail without trial, torture, starvation rations that leave prisoners so hungry some turn to eating insects.
Africa Access to legal rights Torture Violence EgyptThe new prison of Badr which Egypt touted as a model for reform denies inmates healthcare