Sweating it out in Chad prisons can lead to death

Chad may not be that well-known.  Some may know that it borders Sudan and recall that thousands of Darfuri refugees crossed its border during times of heightened conflict in that region.  But after Amnesty’s striking report published today, Chad may also be known as a country which has some pretty horrendous prison conditions.

Amnesty’s report entitled ‘Chad: We are all dying here: human rights violations in prisons’ documents some of the worst conditions possible in prisons: stagnant wastewater combined with human excrement sits in the prison courtyards, severe overcrowding and poor ventilation in cells result in prisoners sweating it out in temperatures which soar to a scorching 48 degrees Celsius.   Amnesty’s report author also found that in the last 12 months nine people died as a result of asphyxiation, five because of severe dehydration and seven prisoners were shot dead by the prison guards.

Pure and simple, prison conditions in Chad are horrendous. And as the report author Christian Mukosa describes on the BBC, these prison sentences risk becoming ‘a death sentence’ for many prisoners.

No one should be forced to dwell in such inhumane conditions. Amnesty is calling on the Chadian authorities to immediately investigate the alleged abuses and to tackle corruption within the prison sector.

It is also calling on the authorities to crucial to put an end to the impunity that surrounds violations and abuses that surrounds violations and abuses of prisoners’ human rights. Read the report for more.

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