Prisoners in Thailand kept ‘shackled and cramped’

Prisoners in Thailand kept ‘shackled and cramped’ – BBC, May 31, 2011
…The other horror, he says, is the widespread use of shackles.
These are welded on to the ankles of long-term prisoners and are not removed, even during illness, until the sentence is served.
The United Nations has criticised the practice. The Thai foreign ministry has promised to end it. The constitutional court ruled the practice was wrong.
But the reality of the over-crowding and a ratio of warders to prisoners of about one to 45, makes the practice hard to stamp out…

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