Which countries have the most people in prison?
What is the most recent news from the Middle East and North Africa region?
Answer » The number of people incarcerated in countries around the world has reached a milestone, with more than 1,000 people imprisoned around the globe for crimes ranging from murder to drug trafficking.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the latest figures, published today by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, were the highest number since 2006.
The report shows that while the number of prisoners increased from 715,000 in 2014 to 851,000 today, that number has increased by a little over 100,000 over the last five years.
The latest data comes as the Middle Eastern and North African region continues to struggle with the violence in Syria, Iraq and Egypt.
The number in jail has reached new heights, and while most of those in jail are men, some women also face imprisonment.
The figures were compiled by the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS), a non-profit research organization based in the United Kingdom.
The ICPS said that since 2006, there have been 2,858,898 people in jail in the Middle and North East and 705,923 people in jails in Africa.
These figures include prisoners and those incarcerated for crimes against humanity.
A study by the New York-based Human Rights Watch, released last month, found that at least 1,039 people have been executed in the world since the start of the year.
In the United States, the number is over 4,000.
The data comes amid reports of a rise in drug smuggling, especially in the region, where the number has soared in the past year.
It also comes as President Donald Trump continues to insist that he has not committed a crime during his time in office, despite a host of investigations into possible collusion between his campaign team and Russia.
The U.S. State Department has said that it does not know if the Trump administration has taken action to investigate the Russia issue.
However, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights says that there is a “clear and worrying trend” of people being prosecuted for human rights violations.