Virus fears spark Thailand prison riot

Dozens of prisoners broke furniture and torched buildings during a riot in a Thai jail on Sunday sparked by fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the facility. During the violence some convicts escaped from the Buriram prison where more than 2,000 are held, the justice ministry said.

30 March 2020

Vietnam activist 'beaten' in jail 

A Vietnamese environmental activist was beaten in prison for refusing to confess his crimes, his wife said Friday in the one-party communist state notorious for jailing critics.Nguyen Ngoc Anh was sentenced to six years in jail in June for "undermining" the government on Facebook in posts about the environment and politics liked tens of thousands of times. Vietnam has cracked down on online dissent since passing a controversial cybersecurity law last year, jailing dozens fo

12 October 2019

Philippines tracking down released convicts

Philippine police pledged on Thursday to track down nearly 2,000 ex-prisoners including convicted murderers and rapists who were let out early for good behaviour, in some cases years ago.Revelations in recent weeks about the inmates’ release have sparked outrage in the Philippines, with critics accusing authorities of gross incompetence and possibly corruption.“I have immediately directed all police units nationwide to receive and account for (the ex-prisoners),” national police chief Oscar A

6 September 2019

Slow justice as Philippine drug war intensifies

Accused murderer Manuel Cerna has languished in a Philippine jail for 15 years without a verdict, one of countless inmates enduring interminable trials that are expected to get longer as an unrelenting drug war overwhelms the courts.A notoriously slow and under-resourced judicial system has seen a "tidal wave" of new cases as police have conducted a nationwide crime crackdown in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's order to eradicate all illegal drugs from Philippine society

5 September 2017