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Short Update: The Constitutional Chamber in Costa Rica rules that staying in cells that do not have conditions for prolonged stays is a violation of fundamental rights and human dignity

FairTrialsAdmin - August 14, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

The Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica ordered the Ministry of Justice to immediately receive detainees who have spent days in the cells of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), which are designed for short stays while the person awaits the initial hearing. According to the sentence voted unanimously, the term for confinement in these spaces cannot exceed 72 hours. 

The Ministry of Justice assured that it was the isolation protocols against COVID-19 that were delaying the reception of those deprived of liberty. 

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