Thailand starts phasing out shackles in prisons
16 May 2013 Last updated at 17:02 BST
Thailand's government is phasing out the use of shackles in prisons in a move aimed at improving its international human rights standards.
Hundreds of inmates convicted of major crimes in the country had to wear shackles on their hands and feet. Some shackles can weigh as much as five kilograms.
The move has been welcomed by inmates and human rights campaigners.
Tom Bayly reports.