GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. says the number of Congolese prisoners who died in the country's jails nearly doubled in 2012 due to poor conditions, corruption and torture.
A report by the U.N.'s human rights office, based on visits to detention facilities, says 101 prisoners died in 2012, up from 56 in 2011 and 54 in 2010. It said that since 2010, 24 people died as a result of torture or ill treatment.
The U.N.'s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, says Congo's government must fix its "very serious and persistent problems" without delay. Roger Meece, head of the U.N. mission in Congo, said the central African nation deserves credit for suspending some high-ranking officials suspected of corruption.