The UN has warned that prisons in Madagascar are dangerously overcrowded.
Following its first visit to the Indian Ocean island, the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture said some of the facilities were 10 times above their maximum capacity.
It said Madagascar should reconsider its penal policies, including providing alternatives to prison, to reduce what it called the grave level of overcrowding.
It described the conditions as cruel, inhuman, degrading and contrary to international law.
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