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Ecuador prison riot: 118 killed as gang violence spirals out of control in Latin America's jails

By Malcolm Evans, Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol
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One of the more distressing things about the savage riots that engulfed the Litoral prison in Ecuador on September 28 was that, several days after the violence was brought under control, the final death toll was still unknown and many of the victims had still to be identified.

The most recent reports are that at least 118 inmates died in the fighting, at least six of whom had been beheaded by other inmates. By any standard, these are shocking figures and represent the worst death toll resulting from…

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