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Short Update: COVID-19 continues to spread in UAE prisons

FT Admin - June 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prison monitoring

COVID-19 is continuing to spread inside UAE prisons with international NGOs asserting that the authorities are covering up the extent of the outbreak and refusing to provide the true number of inmates infected with the virus. 

The claims about a cover-up were made in a report from the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR). Two weeks ago, Human Rights Watch also warned of the unsanitary conditions and inadequate medical care in the UAE’s notorious detention centres. 

In addition, several family members of detainees have been unable to communicate with their relatives for weeks according to the International Campaign for Freedom in the United Arab Emirates (ICFUAE), and none have been provided with regular updates about the prisoners’ well-being. 

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