Prison Conditions

Angola: ‘Shocking’ footage appears to show appalling abuse of prisoners - 28 August 2013

Headline Title:  Angola: ‘Shocking’ footage appears to show appalling abuse of prisoners Video footage apparently showing Angolan prison guards and fire fighters repeatedly beating and whipping prisoners is shocking and must be investigated, Amnesty International said today. Video footage apparently showing Angolan prison guards and fire fighters repeatedly beating and whipping prisoners is shocking and must be investigated. Media Node:  Angola Story Location:  Angola 8° 36' 35.9748" S, 16° 41' 57.1884" E “This appalling incident involving apparent ill-treatment of prisoners, the second in under a year, is the latest in an increasingly disturbing pattern of brutal conduct by Angolan prison authorities. ” Source:  Muluka-Anne Miti, Amnesty International’s Angola Researcher. URL:  Angola must not send detainees to Democratic Republic of Congo Description:  News Story, 14 February 2013. URL:  Angola: Provisions of the 'Draft Criminal Code' are incompatible with Angola's human rights obligations Description:  Report, 1 November 2012.

الصحفي الاستقصائي اليمني حرٌ أخيراً، ولكن دون حسم بعض المسائل الخطيرة القائمة 
 - 24 July 2013

Headline Title:  الصحفي الاستقصائي اليمني حرٌ أخيراً، ولكن دون حسم بعض المسائل الخطيرة القائمة 
 صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية أنه يجب على السلطات اليمنية أن ترد على المزاعم التي ذكرت أن الصحفي الاستقصائي قد تعرض لسوء المعاملة والاحتجاز التعسفي جراء ما قام به من عمل لكشف يجب على السلطات اليمنية أن ترد على المزاعم التي ذكرت أن الصحفي الاستقصائي قد تعرض لسوء المعاملة والاحتجاز التعسفي جراء ما قام به من عمل لكشف ملابسات الدور الأمريكي في هجوم أوقع قتلى في عام 2009 Media Node:  Abdul Ilah Haydar Shayi’ AR Story Location:  Yemen 15° 26' 44.0232" N, 46° 56' 0.9384" E “يظهر أن عبد الإله حيدر شايع هو سجين رأي احتُجز لا لشيء سوى لقيامه بأداء عمله المشروع كصحفي” Source:  فيليب لوثر مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا بمنظمة العفو الدولية Date:  Wed, 24/07/2013 URL:  Yemen: Two years on, journalist still behind bars after alleging US cluster bomb use Description:  News story, 15 August 2012 URL:  Yemeni journalist jailed after alleging US involvement in missile attack Description:  News story, 19 January 2011 URL:  Wikileaks cable corroborates evidence of US airstrikes in Yemen Description:  News story, 1 December 2010 URL:  Images of missile and cluster munitions point to US role in fatal attack in Yemen Description:  News story, 7 June 2010 URL:  Yemen: Cracking down under pressure Description:  Report, 25 August 2010

Yemeni investigative journalist finally free but serious issues remain - 24 July 2013

Headline Title:  Yemeni investigative journalist finally free but serious issues remain The Yemeni authorities must respond to allegations that an investigative journalist was ill-treated and arbitrarily imprisoned based on his work to reveal the US military’s role in a deadly 2009 at The Yemeni authorities must respond to allegations that an investigative journalist was ill-treated and arbitrarily imprisoned based on his work to reveal the US military’s role in a deadly 2009 attack. Media Node:  Abdul Ilah Haydar Shayi’ Story Location:  Yemen 15° 26' 44.0232" N, 46° 56' 0.9384" E “Abdul Ilah Haydar Shayi’ appeared to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his legitimate work as a journalist ” Source:  Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme Date:  Wed, 24/07/2013 URL:  Yemen: Two years on, journalist still behind bars after alleging US cluster bomb use Description:  News story, 15 August 2012 URL:  Yemeni journalist jailed after alleging US involvement in missile attack Description:  News story, 19 January 2011 URL:  Wikileaks cable corroborates evidence of US airstrikes in Yemen Description:  News story, 1 December 2010 URL:  Images of missile and cluster munitions point to US role in fatal attack in Yemen Description:  News story, 7 June 2010 URL:  Yemen: Cracking down under pressure Description:  Report, 25 August 2010

États-Unis. Il faut mettre fin aux traitements inhumains infligés aux grévistes de la faim dans les prisons californiennes

Les autorités carcérales de l'État de Californie ont une nouvelle fois fait fi de leurs obligations internationales relatives aux droits humains, en adoptant des mesures répressives à l'égard de prisonniers qui observent une grève de la faim afin de protester contre les conditions de vie de milliers de personnes détenues à l'isolement dans les prisons de cet État, a déclaré Amnesty International lundi 22 juillet. Les autorités carcérales de l'État de Californie ont une nouvelle fois fait fi de leurs obligations internationales relatives aux droits humains, en adoptant des mesures répressives à l'égard de pr

USA: End inhumane treatment of California prison hunger strikers

California prison authorities have again breached international human rights obligations by taking punitive measures against prisoners on hunger strike over conditions for thousands held in solitary confinement in the state’s prisons, Amnesty International said today.   

Estados Unidos: Terminar con el trato inhumano de los presos en huelga de hambre en California

Las autoridades penitenciarias de California han vuelto a incumplir sus obligaciones internacionales de derechos humanos al tomar medidas punitivas contra los presos que están en huelga de hambre en protesta por las condiciones en las que viven miles de presos en régimen de aislamiento en las cárceles de este estado, ha dicho hoy Amnistía Internacional. Las autoridades penitenciarias de California han vuelto a incumplir sus obligaciones internacionales de derechos humanos al tomar medidas punitivas contra los presos que están en huelga de hambre e

USA: End inhumane treatment of California prison hunger strikers - 22 July 2013

Headline Title:  USA: End inhumane treatment of California prison hunger strikers California prison authorities have again breached international human rights obligations by taking punitive measures against prisoners on hunger strike over conditions for thousands held in solitar California prison authorities have again breached international human rights obligations by taking punitive measures against prisoners on hunger strike. Media Node:  Cali hunger strikers At a Glance:  California's isolation units in numbersAs many as 25,000 prisoners are estimated to be held in isolation facilities across the USA (Urban Institute, 2004 and US Department of Justice, 2005).More than 40 US states house prisoners in “super-maximum security” prisons.More than 3,000 prisoners in California are held in high security isolation units (US Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation).No other US state is believed to have held so many prisoners for such long periods in indefinite isolation.  Story Location:  United States 37° 33' 59.9076" N, 121° 1' 31.4076" W See map: Google Maps “Prisoners seeking an end to inhumane conditions should not be subjected to punitive measures for exercising their right to engage in peaceful protest” Source:  Angela Wright, Amnesty International’s USA researcher Date:  Mon, 22/07/2013 URL:  USA: California urged to reform ‘inhumane’ prison units ahead of hunger strike Description:  News story, 5 July 2013 URL:  Urgent reforms needed to California’s isolation units as prisoners set to resume a hunger strike in protest at inhumane conditions Description:  Public statement, 5 July 2013 URL:  USA: California authorities urged to end shocking conditions in prison isolation units Description:  News story, 27 September 2012 URL:  USA: The Edge of Endurance Description:  Report, 27 September 2012 URL:  Prisoners in isolation Description:  Infographic

Estados Unidos: California debe reformar los módulos“inhumanos” de las prisiones ante huelga de hambre - 5 July 2013

Headline Title:  Estados Unidos: California debe reformar los módulos“inhumanos” de las prisiones Hay prevista una huelga de hambre de presos de módulos de reclusión en régimen de aislamiento, que pone de manifiesto la necesidad urgente de llevar a cabo una gran reforma, ha manifestado Amnistía Está previsto iniciar una huelga de hambre el lunes, 8 de julio, para protestar contra las autoridades por no haber llevado a cabo las reformas prometidas hace un año. Media Node:  USA: California isolation units_es At a Glance:  Los módulos de aislamiento de California en cifras* Se calcula que hay hasta 25.000 presos recluidos en centros de aislamiento en todo Estados Unidos (Urban Institute, 2004, y Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, 2005).* Más de 40 estados del país tienen reclusos en prisiones de “extrema seguridad”.* En California hay más de 3.000 presos recluidos en módulos de aislamiento de alta seguridad (Departamento de Prisiones y Rehabilitación de Estados Unidos).* Se cree que ningún otro estado del país tiene tantos presos recluidos durante tanto tiempo en régimen de aislamiento indefinido. Story Location:  United Kingdom 39° 5' 45.4668" N, 119° 31' 52.5" W See map: Google Maps “Más que mejorar, en realidad las condiciones han empeorado considerablemente.” Source:  Angela Wright, experta de Amnistía Internacional en las prisiones de “extrema seguridad” de Estados Unidos Date:  Fri, 05/07/2013 URL:  EE. UU.: Las autoridades de California deben poner fin a las terribles condiciones de los módulos de aislamiento Description:  Comunicado de prensa, 27 de septiembre de 2012 URL:  EE. UU.: Encerrados durante decenios. La terrible situación de los presos de California sometidos a aislamiento Description:  Noticia, 13 de noviembre de 2012 URL:  USA: Isolation Units in California’s Prisons – Facts and Figures Description:  Datos y cifras, 27 de septiembre de 2012 URL:  USA: California prison isolation units – infographic Description:  Infografía, 28 de septiembre de 2012

États-Unis : sur fond de grève de la faim, un appel à la Californie pour qu'elle réforme ses prisons inhumaines - 5 July 2013

Headline Title:  États-Unis : des prisons inhumaines en Californie L’annonce d’une grève de la faim par les prisonniers détenus à l’isolement dans les quartiers de très haute sécurité de Californie souligne la nécessité d’une réforme en profondeur, a déclaré Amnes Une grève de la faim doit débuter lundi 8 juillet pour protester contre l’absence de mise en œuvre des réformes promises par les autorités. Media Node:  USA: California isolation units_fr At a Glance:  Les quartiers d’isolement en chiffres • Selon les estimations, sur l’ensemble du territoire américain, quelque 25 000 prisonniers sont détenus à l’isolement (Urban Institute, 2004, et ministère américain de la Justice, 2005). • Plus de 40 États américains détiennent des prisonniers dans des prisons de très haute sécurité. • En Californie, plus de 3 000 prisonniers sont détenus à l’isolement dans des quartiers de très haute sécurité (Services pénitentiaires et de réinsertion des États-Unis). • À la connaissance d’Amnesty International, aucun autre État américain ne détient ni n’a jamais détenu autant de prisonniers à l’isolement pour une durée indéterminée et pendant de si longues périodes. Story Location:  United States 39° 5' 45.4668" N, 119° 31' 52.5" W See map: Google Maps “Plutôt que de s'améliorer, les conditions de détention se sont en réalité sérieusement détériorées.” Source:  Angela Wright, , spécialiste des prisons américaines de très haute sécurité à Amnesty International. URL:  États-Unis. Sous les verrous pendant des décennies : la dure réalité des prisonniers maintenus à l’isolement en Californie Description:  Nouvelle, 13 novembre 2012 URL:  USA: California prison isolation units – infographic Description:  Infographie, 28 septembre 2012 URL:  États-Unis. La Californie doit mettre un terme aux conditions choquantes qui règnent dans les unités d'isolement des prisons Description:  Communiqué de presse, 27 septembre 2012 URL:  États-Unis. Unités d'isolement des prisons de Californie – Faits et chiffres Description:  Faits et chiffres, 27 septembre 2012

USA: California urged to reform ‘inhumane’ prison units ahead of hunger strike - 5 July 2013

Headline Title:  USA: California urged to reform ‘inhumane’ prison units A planned hunger strike by prisoners in California’s solitary confinement units highlights the urgent need for major reform, Amnesty International said today. The hunger strike is due to start on Monday 8 July in protest at authorities' failure to carry out promised reforms. Media Node:  USA: California isolation units At a Glance:  California's isolation units in numbersAs many as 25,000 prisoners are estimated to be held in isolation facilities across the USA (Urban Institute, 2004 and US Department of Justice, 2005).More than 40 US states house prisoners in “super-maximum security” prisons.More than 3,000 prisoners in California are held in high security isolation units (US Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation).No other US state is believed to have held so many prisoners for such long periods in indefinite isolation. Story Location:  United Kingdom 39° 5' 45.4668" N, 119° 31' 52.5" W See map: Google Maps “Rather than improving, conditions have actually significantly deteriorated.” Source:  Angela Wright, Amnesty International’s expert on US 'supermax' prisons Date:  Fri, 05/07/2013 URL:  USA: The Edge of Endurance: Prison conditions in California's Security Housing Units Description:  Landing page for full Amnesty International report and press release, 27 September 2012 URL:  USA: Locked away for decades - the plight of California’s isolation prisoners Description:  News, 13 November 2012 URL:  USA: Isolation Units in California’s Prisons – Facts and Figures Description:  Facts and figures, 27 September 2012 URL:  USA: California prison isolation units – infographic Description:  Infographic, 28 September 2012

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