6 Feb 2020

France fails to uphold human rights of prisoners

From , 5:00 am on 6 February 2020

France has been found to have breached the human rights of prisoners in French Polynesia by treating them in a degrading manner.

The European Court of Human Rights also found that the French state failed to remedy conditions at the Nuutania prison in Tahiti despite orders by local judges. 

Thirty two inmates, including eight in Tahiti, had taken France to court in 2016, which has now been ordered to pay them up to $US27,000 each in damages.

Walter Zweifel has looked at the ruling and Ben Robinson Drawbridge asked him why the matter was dealt with in Europe.

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