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A child rides his toy bike as Belgian prison officers demonstrate behind the Saint-Gilles prison where guards have been on strike for three weeks in a protest over pay cuts and working conditions in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday
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An inmate is escorted through the overcrowded Puraquequara prison, the prison system currently holds more than 600,000 inmates, 61 percent over capacity.
The parents of Shafqat Hussain, a convicted murderer sit at their relatives home in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani administered Kashmir after their son was hanged at a central jail in Karachi on Tuesday
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Student protesters try to speak to their family members from a prison vehicle as they are transported to a court in Letpadan. Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) demanded an inquiry on Wednesday into clashes between police and protesters in which students, monks and journalists were beaten with batons and more than 100 people were arrested
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention centre in Moscow, Russia on Friday. Mr Navalny was released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the subway.
Afghan prisoners leave jail following their release by the orders of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Thursday. Ghani ordered some 27 prisoners including 9 women with less than a year to serve to be released in honor of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
A rebel gunman patrols a high-security prison after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine. More than 100 inmates broke out of jail when shells rained down on the prison in the besieged rebel stronghold
Palestinians run for cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the war in the Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday
Al-Jazeera news channel’s Australian journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, listen to the verdict inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday at the police institute near Cairo’s Tora prison
Inmates of the Holot detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest on the outside. Several asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the opening of Holot and Israel‘s refusal to grant them refugee status.
Some of the inmates at the Tacumbú penitentiary in Asunción, the most overcrowded and violent jail in Paraguay. The country’s minister of justice, Sheila Abed, said on Friday that the prison will not receive any more admissions. It currently contains 4,030 inmates, despite an intended capacity of about 1,500.
Greenpeace International activist Miguel Hernan Perez Orzi of Argentina cries after he is granted bail by a court in St Petersburg, Russia.
Bolshoi Ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko in the defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Moscow. He and two other men are accused of carrying out an attack on the famous troupe’s master Sergei Filin on 17 January 2013.
Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett from Britain attends a bail hearing at a regional court on Wednesday in Murmansk, Russia.
A woman gestures at police officers blocking a street during a protest in Phnom Penh. The residents of Boeung Kak Lake have been embroiled in a long-running land dispute with a real estate development firm in the capital, and are also appealing for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison.
Indian villagers look on as the funeral pyre of Sarabjit Singh burns at Bhikhiwind village, 45kms from Amritsar. Singh, an Indian convicted 16 years ago in Pakistan for spying and deadly bombings, died on May 2 after being savagely beaten with a brick in Lahore prison, sparking a furious response from Indian politicians. Singh was cremated with state honours in his native village in northwest India where hundreds of angry demonstrators shouted “Down with Pakistan!” as they gathered to pay their tribute.
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A Palestinian girl looks at a prison in Gaza City that had been used by Israeli security services to keep Palestinian prisoners during Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip. A Hamas prisoners’ association has turned the place into an exhibition which Palestinian residents of Gaza can tour.