Ethiopia: Over 500 prisoners died due to lack of medical care

ESAT News (July 31, 2017)

The Federal Prisons Administration says 529 prisoners have died this Ethiopian year due to lack of access to medical care.

About 14,000 prisoners demanded medical care due to various ailments but the Administration was not responsive to their queries leading the death of the 529 inmates.

The Administration also said 6319 prisoners have filed their appeals to their courts but lack of efficiency in the justice system kept them in limbo.

Over 2000 prisoners are also languishing in prisons for over five years without any formal charges brought against them.

The Administration said 10,500 additional prisoners were brought ot the prison system this year. A considerable number of them are political prisoners.

 

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