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Short Update: European Prison Observatory publishes seventh COVID-19 update on prisons in Europe

FairTrialsAdmin - May 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Prison monitoring

The European Prison Observatory has issued the seventh COVID-19 update on prisons in Europe. It covers updates on implementation of COVID-19-related public health measures in prisons of Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.   

To halt the spread of COVID-19 and address prison overcrowding, since the beginning of the pandemic France has released 11,000 prisoners, while Greece has failed to adopt legislation on early release. Turkey has released 90,000 prisoners so far, however, civil society organizations have called for release of political prisoners which continue to be held in prisons with COVID-19 rapidly spreading among detainees despite public health measures.  

According to the update, the number of infected prisoners and prison staff continued to grow in France, Spain, Romania, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  

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