Japan death row conditions ‘cruel’


Amnesty International has said that “cruel, inhuman and degrading” conditions facing death row prisoners in Japan are tipping many into insanity. The London-based human rights group said in a report released on Thursday that 97 inmates were currently awaiting death by hanging in Japan, with no idea if or when they will be put to death, creating a state of uncertainty that contributes enormous mental stress. “For those who have completed the legal process, they are forced to await execution every day, facing a sentence that could be enforced at only a few hours’ notice,” the group said in a report.

See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/09/200991073731327290.html