International News

Syringe Exchange Programs in Prisons: Reviewing the Evidence 15th June 2004

by Thomas Kerr and Ralf Jürgens, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Read more

Methadone Maintenance Therapy in Prisons: Reviewing the Evidence 15th June 2004

by Thomas Kerr and Ralf Jürgens, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Read more

"Torture Victims Sue U.S. Security Companies" by Emad Mekay, Inter Press Service 10th June 2004

Lawyers for Iraqis tortured while in U.S. custody have sued two private security companies for allegedly abusing prisoners to extract information from them with the goal of winning more contracts from the U.S. government. Read more

SPACE I: Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics - Survey 2002 23rd May 2004

Comprehensive data on prison populations, incarceration rates, etc. Prepared by Marcelo F. Aebi, University of Seville and University of Lausanne for the Council of Europe. Read more

"Arizona Prison Crisis: A Call for Smart on Crime Solutions", by Families Against Mandatory Minimums 11th May 2004

In an in-depth analysis of the impact of Arizona's sentencing laws finds that the state's rigid mandatory sentencing laws fill prison cells and cost millions while doing little to enhance public safety. Read more

"Mistreatment of Prisoners Is Called Routine in U.S." by Fox Butterfield, New York Times 8th May 2004

Physical and sexual abuse of prisoners, similar to what has been uncovered in Iraq, takes place in American prisons with little public knowledge or concern, according to corrections officials, inmates and human rights advocates. Read more

Open Detention Facilities to Stop Torture, says Human Rights Watch 6th May 2004

The U.S. government should allow human rights organizations to monitor detention facilities in Iraq and elsewhere in order to bring a stop to the mistreatment of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today. Read more

"Prisoner Wins 'Slopping Out' Case: The Scottish Executive is facing huge compensation claims after a judge ruled that "slopping out" in jails amounted to degrading treatment. 26th April 2004

In a judgement to be delivered later on Monday, Lord Bonomy has awarded £2,400 to a prisoner at Barlinnie Jail in Glasgow. The inmate claimed that the practice, where prisoners use buckets in their cells, breached his human rights. Scotland's prisons watchdog demanded an end to the practice last October. Read more

Portugal: Report recommends needle exchange or safe injection sites in prisons 22nd April 2004

A report released in late 2003 by Portugal's Justice Ombudsman (Provedor de Justiça) recommends that Portugal set up needle exchange programs or safe injection sites in prisons. Article by Ralf Jurgens, Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review. Publication of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Read more

"UN Human Rights Commission Seeks End To Executions" - AP 21st April 2004

The top United Nations human rights body on Wednesday urged governments worldwide to declare a moratorium on executions. In a 29-19 vote, the U.N. Human Rights Commission backed a resolution submitted by European countries that called for the global suspension of the death penalty as the first step to eliminating… Read more


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