I would like to help today and donate

Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
CLOSE
NEWS

Short Update: Ireland adopts harsher prisoner restraints, following example of the United Kingdom

FairTrialsAdmin - March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

 

British police have been using “spit hoods” to cover the faces of suspects they arrest. Now Covid-19 is being used as an excuse for Irish police to adopt the practice.

Although leading human rights organizations have criticised their use, plans to issue them to the Gardai (Ireland’s national police service). Supporters of the practice say that it helps police officers deflect the transmission of germs or diseases, though there is little evidence that officers are in any significant danger of contracting sickness from being spit on by a suspect. Critics point out that the hoods are simply another manner of restraint, and a cruel one at that. 

A Garda representative said that the hoods are a temporary measure during the crisis. But defense attorneys have expressed concern that using them will become standard practice, as it has in the UK.

We publish information as it is reported to us. If you would like to make us aware of an inaccuracy or send us more information please email us at [email protected]

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please call the media team on +44 (0) 7749 785 932 or email [email protected]

Keep up to date

Receive updates on our work and news about Fair Trials globally

Activities in the following sections on this website are supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union: Legal Experts Advisory Panel, Defence Rights Map, Case Law Database, Advice Guides and Latest News. More information about our financial supporters is available here.