Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Jul 1, 2015

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Heavily armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre remains in lockdown after the 15-hour disturbance, in which doors were ...

Jun 30, 2015

Riot erupts at Australia prison, guards evacuated

Hundreds of prisoners rioted at a maximum security prison in Melbourne on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of prison staff, media reports said. The unrest occurred when a protest over a smoking ban at the facility spun out of control. Television footage from the ...

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

Jun 20, 2015

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was ...

U.S. prison worker is arrested for helping two murderers escape

Jun 13, 2015

U.S. prison worker is arrested for helping two murderers escape

Police in New York state arrested a female prison worker Friday for allegedly smuggling tools to two convicted killers before their dramatic escape, authorities said, as police stepped up their weeklong manhunt. Swarms of state, local and federal agents combed thick woods east of ...

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

May 24, 2015

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

by Marion Thibaut

When Natnicha’s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand’s monarchy under the country’s lese majeste laws, she didn’t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society — joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ...

May 19, 2015

Japan's prisons suffering serious doctor shortage

Japan is suffering from a serious shortage of correctional doctors, who provide medical care at facilities such as prisons and reformatories. The Abe administration has submitted a bill to the Diet to improve working conditions for such doctors, but officials are uncertain whether the ...

May 13, 2015

Amnesty tells South Korea to release jailed draft dodgers

Amnesty International on Wednesday called on South Korea to release hundreds of young men jailed for refusing mandatory military service, labelling their continued internment a “scandal.” Every able-bodied South Korean male between the ages of 18 and 35 is required to serve two years ...

May 10, 2015

36 killed as 40 inmates escape in Iraqi prison break: police

Forty inmates in a prison in northeastern Iraq, including some convicted of terrorism charges, escaped amid a riot that killed at least six police officers and 30 prisoners, authorities said Saturday. There were conflicting casualty reports on the attack at the Khalis prison in ...

May 10, 2015

Court sentences sons of Egypt's Mubarak to three years in prison

A Cairo court sentenced Egypt’s deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday — a punishment that authorities may deem as having already been served but one which, if it withstands appeal, would officially ...