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Madagascar : Punished for being poor: Unjustified, excessive and prolonged pre-trial detention in Madagascar

, Index number: AFR 35/8998/2018

Madagascar’s current judicial policies insist that people accused of a crime are routinely put in prison pending trial. They can be waiting for a trial for years, with little or no information on their cases. This has led to the extraordinary situation where Madagascar’s prisons hold more people who have not been convicted than those found guilty. The use of unjustified, excessive and prolonged arbitrary pre-trial detention in Madagascar has led to a wide array of human rights violations, which Amnesty International exposed in its research into the prison system of the country.

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