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Short Update: Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment releases guidelines

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

COVID-19 has brought with it many impositions of severe restrictions upon personal movement and personal freedoms to enable the authorities to better combat the pandemic through public health emergency measures.

Persons deprived of their liberty comprise a particularly vulnerable group owing to the nature of the restrictions which are already placed upon them and their limited capacity to take precautionary measures. Within prisons and other detention settings, many of which are severely overcrowded and insanitary, there are also increasingly acute problems.

In several countries, measures taken to combat the pandemic in places of deprivation of liberty have already led to disturbances both inside and outside of detention facilities, and to the loss of life.

State authorities must take full account of all the rights of person deprived of liberty, considering that the prohibition of torture, cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment cannot be derogated from, even during exceptional circumstances and emergencies which threaten the life of the nation

In this sense, the SPT released a series of guidelines to preserve and guarantee the rights of people deprived of their liberty. It includes, among other things, a set of measures to be taken by authorities concerning all places of deprivation of liberty, as well as measures to be taken by National Preventive Mechanisms to exercise their mandate under the Coronavirus pandemic.

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