Prison deaths

Other Names:
Suspicious deaths during detention
Death during prison custody
Custody deaths

Official inquiries into the growing number of prison deaths in suspicious circumstances are not pursued or tend to result in a finding of suicide. In many countries prisoners are executed, without charge or trial, for their political opinions, religious beliefs or ethnic origins.


Death in prison has been reported in the following countries:

[Africa] Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Libyan AJ, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania UR, Uganda, Zaire, Zimbabwe

[America] Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay

[Asia] Australia, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran Islamic Rep, Iraq, Korea Rep, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (Rep of China)

[Europe] Poland, Spain, Turkey

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
17.10.2021 – 07:21 CEST