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Short Update: Open Society Justice Initiative files amici curiae brief along with Brazilian organisations Conectas and Elas Existem in collective action case in Brazil

FT Admin - June 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prison monitoring, Rule of Law

As part of its efforts to respond to human rights challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in places of detention, the Justice Initiative, along with Brazilian organisations Conectas and Elas Existem, filed an amici curiae brief in the collective action case Defensoria Publica and Ministerio Publico in Rio de Janeiro vs. State of Rio de Janeiro. The brief adopts a public health lens through which to highlight State obligations toward incarcerated individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing from international and regional human rights law and jurisprudence. In addition, it cites opinions by eminent medical and scientific experts affiliated with Physicians for Human Rights, Yale and Stanford Universities, and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), as well as opinions from penitentiary experts from the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Italian non-profit organization Antigone. 

Read a summary of the case and the brief here

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