Death in custody

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A death in custody is a death of a person in the custody of the police, prison service or other authorities. Death in custody remains a controversial subject, with the authorities often being accused of abuse, neglect, racism and cover-ups of the causes of these deaths.[1] [2]

By country[edit]

Algeria[edit]

See Human rights in Algeria

Argentina[edit]

See Human rights in Argentina

Australia[edit]

See separate article: Aboriginal deaths in custody

Bangladesh[edit]

At least 32 people have died in "Operation Clean Heart" by the government of Bangladesh.See Human rights in Bangladesh

Burma[edit]

See Insein Prison, Human rights in Burma

Chad[edit]

See Human rights in Chad

China[edit]

Some estimate 20 million have died in the Chinese prison system. See Laogai, democide.

Congo[edit]

See Human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cuba[edit]

See Human rights in Cuba

Egypt[edit]

See Human rights in Egypt

Finland[edit]

At least 460 people have died in police custody since 1990. About 20 people die in police custody a year, down from 28-30 per year in the nineties. [3]

Germany[edit]

India[edit]

See Police encounter

Indonesia[edit]

See Cipinang Penitentiary Institution

Iran[edit]

See 1988 executions of Iranian political prisoners

Ireland[edit]

See Terence Wheelock

Jamaica[edit]

"At least 650 people have been killed by police officers in Jamaica since 1999. Many of these have been blatantly unlawful killings, yet not one officer has been convicted since then." Piers Bannister, Amnesty International’s Jamaica researcher.

Japan[edit]

See Human rights in Japan

Laos[edit]

See Human rights in Laos

Libya[edit]

See Abu Salim prison

Malaysia[edit]

Mexico[edit]

See Human rights in Mexico

Morocco[edit]

See Human rights in Morocco

North Korea[edit]

See Human rights in North Korea

Pakistan[edit]

See Human rights in Pakistan

Saudi Arabia[edit]

See Human rights in Saudi Arabia

Somalia[edit]

See Human rights in Somalia

South Africa[edit]

South Africa has an unusually high level of deaths in custody. For example in April to June 1997, there were 56 deaths in custody [4].

Sudan[edit]

See Human rights in Sudan

Syria[edit]

See Tadmor Prison massacre

Turkey[edit]

See Prisons in Turkey

UAE[edit]

See Human rights in the United Arab Emirates

UK[edit]

Main article: UK Deaths in Custody

United States[edit]

Almost 100 prisoners have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, according to U.S. group Human Rights First. They include:

Vietnam[edit]

See Human rights in Vietnam

Yemen[edit]

See Human rights in Yemen

Zimbabwe[edit]

See Human rights in Zimbabwe

See also[edit]