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Cambodia: Plan to Reform Torture Prevention Committee

(Apr. 19, 2016) Although plans have not been made concrete, Cambodia’s Interior Minister, Sar Kheng, has announced that the government’s Committee Against Torture will be reformed. The announcement came on April 8, predating the April 13, 2016, release of the annual U.S. Department of State human rights report that criticized Cambodia on the issue of […]

Brazil: New Law Separates Inmates According to Their Crimes

(Oct. 21, 2015) On October 6, 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Law No. 13,167, which amends article 84 of the current Prison Law to establish the criteria to be used for the separation of detainees in prisons according to the gravity of the crime committed. (Lei No. 13.167 de 6 de Outubro de 2015, […]

Israel: Authorization to Give Forced Medical Treatment to Prisoners on Hunger Strike

(Oct. 6, 2015) On July 29, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Prisons Ordinance, authorizing, under prescribed circumstances, the provision of medical care to a prisoner on a hunger strike, when that action would be against his/her will, to prevent harm to the prisoner’s health. (Prisons Ordinance (New Version), 5732-1971 [PO], […]

Netherlands; Norway: Dutch Prisoners Sue Unsuccessfully to Prevent Transfer of Norwegian Convicts to Luxury Cells

(Mar. 30, 2015) A Dutch court ruled on March 6, 2015, that long-term prisoners, serving ten years to life imprisonment, who currently live in “luxury cells” in Norgerhaven Prison must give up them up to make way for Norwegian convicts who are to be transferred to the facility based on an agreement reached between The […]

Russia: Registered Clergy May Be Allowed to Meet with Prisoners

(Jan. 6, 2015) On December 9, 2014, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (lower chamber of the legislature) approved on the first reading legislation that amends the country’s Correctional Code to allow prisoners to communicate with members of the clergy. (Bill No. 614607-6, Duma legislative database (Dec. 9, 2014).) If passed, the law will […]