NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Malnutrition, overcrowding and
grossly inadequate medical care are just some of the problems
with which prisoners in Zambia must deal, a report said Tuesday.
The 135-page report prepared by Human Rights Watch and two other
groups says prisoners also face the risk of torture or rape and
the transmission of HIV and tuberculosis.
"Zambian prisoners are starved, packed into cells unfit for human
habitation, and face beatings at the hands of certain guards or
fellow inmates," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human
More than a third of inmates in Zambian prisons are awaiting
trial or other legal action and have not been convicted, the
The report was prepared with the Prisons Care and Counseling
Association and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa.
All three groups are calling on the Zambian government to make
immediate improvement in prison conditions.