jeudi 29 décembre 2011

Zimbabwe: Amnesty prison because of famine.

 
On September 2, 2009, President Robert Mugabe was forced to grant amnesty to 1,544 prisoners, 10% of the prison population of Zimbabwe to address the lack of food in prisons, said the Department of Justice.
         "The Zimbabwe Prison Service is struggling to provide the prisoners' rations, clothing or transportation (...) A general amnesty has been proposed as short-term solution,"
said a representative of the department, David mangoes, the news agency New Ziana.
         Women and youth, and the terminally ill, were the main beneficiaries of this measure, but the prisoners, convicted of murder, rape or conspiracy against the government were excluded from the amnesty.
         According to the defense of human rights, Amnesty International, a thousand prisoners out of 12,900 died during the first six months of the year in overcrowded prisons in Zimbabwe.
         In June, the government allowed the International Red Cross to provide food, blankets, soap and medicines to thousands of detainees, malnourished and often with cholera, tuberculosis and other diseases contagious.
         Non-payment of bills, the water was even cut in the maximum security prison in Bulawayo Khami, the second largest city.
         Robert Gabriel Mugabe, 87, in power since 1980 is considered the "father of independence"
of Zimbabwe.
A former resistance fighter led the former breadbasket of Africa with an iron fist and plunged since the early 2000s, the most serious food shortage in the country's history.

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