Amnesty International will launch a report on 23 October exposing how the widespread use of pre-trial detention is keeping thousands in life threatening prison conditions in Madagascar.

The report, ‘Punished for being poor: unjustified, excessive and prolonged pre-trial detention in Madagascar’, highlights how scores of pre-trial detainees have died before facing trial due to appalling prison conditions. 52 deaths were documented in 2017 alone.

The report will be launched during a press conference in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Spokespeople will be available in Johannesburg ahead of the launch, and in Antananarivo during the launch, for interviews in English and French.

To request an advance copy of the report, B-Roll and Photos or a pre-recorded interview with spokespeople, please contact: in Johannesburg and Antananarivo, Robert Shivambu, Media Manager, Southern Africa on +27 83 437 5732 or [email protected] or [email protected]

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