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China Pledges to Stop Taking Organs from Executed Prisoners by Prison officials in China—where prevailing religious beliefs dictate that humans he buried whole after their death—plan to stop taking organs from thousands of prisoners executed every year. But many doubt the practice will entirely cease because the need for organs ...
China Vows to Finance Mass Incarceration with Public Funds, Not Prison Profits by Despite its atrocious human rights record, China appears to be trying to ensure prisoner safety while at the same time properly financing its prisons. Wu Aiying, China's Minister of Justice, announced in April 2012 while addressing a ...
UN Committee Against Torture Issues Report on United States by Matthew Clarke The United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a combined report encompassing its third to fifth periodic reports on the United States at its 1276th and 1277th meetings held on November 20, 2014. The report lauded some improvements under ...
India’s Supreme Court Orders Prison and Jail Reforms by Derek Gilna The United States is not the only nation that has serious problems with the operation of its jails and prisons. Recently, an amicus curiae made a number of recommendations in a case being considered by the Supreme Court of ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Mexico: Drug Cartel Used Prison to Dispose of Bodies by Mexico’s national defense department calls the Zetas “the most formidable death squad to have worked for organized crime in Mexican history.” U.S. officials agree, saying the gang is “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.” One ...
Navy Nurse Refuses to Force-feed Guantanamo Prisoners by Derek Gilna An unnamed Navy nurse at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that houses alleged terrorist detainees, who was facing expulsion from the Navy for his refusal to participate in force-feeding prisoners, has been allowed to return to his ...
Twelve Killed as Eighty-One Escape From Iraqi Prison by During the evening of September 27, 2012, prisoners at an Iraqi prison in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein which is about 80 miles north of Baghdad, broke into a storeroom where weapons are kept. They seized the weapons and engaged ...
Article • August 23, 2016
U.N.: Afghanistan in Violation of Anti-Torture Convention by When, or if, most U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan nest year, they will leave behind a culture of torture and coercive interrogation perpretrated by Afghan intelligence and police officials, according to a recently released report from the United Nations. After interviewing 379 ...
Guards Massacre Iraqi Prisoners as ISIS Forces Attack Tal Afar by Matthew Clarke According to prisoners who were incarcerated at the anti-terrorism detention facility in Tal Afar, Iraq, as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces closed on the prison, guards began slaughtering the prisoners in their cells. "At ...
Iran's Mass Executions and Abuses Continue by Christopher Zoukis Iran's dismal record on human rights has been reinforced once again, via the latest wave of mass executions, prisoner abuses, and clampdowns on those who stand against its theocratic regime. On August 4, 2014, 40 prisoners were killed at Shahr-e Kord ...
Article • August 10, 2016
High-Profile Escapes from New Haitian Prison Highlight Country's Problems by Derek Gilna The recent daring escape of prisoner Clifford Brandt from Haiti's prison in Crois-des-Bouquet was yet another embarrassment for the country's criminal justice system.  Beset by rampant corruption, nepotism, financial problems, and incompetence, the prison suffered the biggest jailbreak ...
Afghan Prisoner Hunger Strikes Persist in American Custody, Says Former Prisoner by Derek Gilna As American troops continue their planned withdrawal from Afghanistan and wind down their combat role in favor of their Afghan allies, at least one facility continues to operate without interruption. The Detention Facility in Parwan. close to ...
Cuban-American Prisoner Exchange Signals Renewal of Diplomatic Contacts by Derek Gilna In a development few could have foreseen, President Obama has carried out an exchange of five convicted Cuban spies languishing in federal prison in return for the releases of American aid contractor Alan Gross, held captive in Cuba for ...
ISIS Forces Kill Iraqi Shiite Prisoners after Iraqi Guards Flee by Derek Gilna Iraqi Shiites unfortunate enough to be confined in Badush prison, 25 kilometers from Mosul, Iraq, were summarily slaughtered by ISIS forces after their Iraqi prison guards fled the advancing insurgents.  Lieutenant Colonel Ali Mohammed, who apparently served ...
Publication • August 3, 2016
World Prison Population List (6th Ed), ICPS King’s College, 2005 World Prison Population List (sixth edition) International Centre for Prison Studies Roy Walmsley Introduction The World Prison Population List gives details of the number of prisoners held in 211 independent countries and dependent territories. It shows the differences in the ...
World Female Imprisonment List (2nd Ed), ICPS University of Essex, 2012 World Female Imprisonment List (second edition) (Women and girls in penal institutions, including pre-trial detainees/remand prisoners) Roy Walmsley This second edition of the World Female Imprisonment List shows the number of women and girls held in penal institutions, as ...
Publication • August 3, 2016
World Prison Population List (8th Ed), ICPS King’s College, 2008 World Prison Population List (eighth edition) International Centre for Prison Studies Roy Walmsley Introduction This eighth edition of the World Prison Population List gives details of the number of prisoners held in 218 independent countries and dependent territories. It shows ...
Joint study on global practices in relation to secret detention, Human Rights Council, 2010 ADVANCE UNEDITED VERSION Distr. GENERAL A/HRC/13/42 26 January 2010 Original: ENGLISH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Thirteenth session Agenda item 3 Joint study on global practices in relation to secret detention in the context of countering terrorism of ...
Publication • August 3, 2016
World Prison Population List (10th Ed), ICPS King’s College, 2013 World Prison Population List (tenth edition) Roy Walmsley Introduction This tenth edition of the World Prison Population List gives details of the number of prisoners held in 222 independent countries and dependent territories. It shows the differences in the level ...
United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth Unveils Judicial and Prison Reform Shakeup by On May 18, 2016, Queen Elizabeth announced a plan – touted as the “biggest shakeup” in criminal justice reform since Victorian times – that will provide more self-governance to UK prisons and allow prisoners greater access to technology. The ...
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