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Prisons and Detention

States have an obligation to ensure the safety and health of detained individuals under their responsibility. The coronavirus is compounding the already critical situation of all people in prison and other places of detention, with a lack of adequate healthcare and chronic overcrowding in many countries making protective measures impossible. Steps to release people must be urgently adopted, including vulnerable populations such as older and/or ill persons. Jailed human rights defenders should be immediately released.

Amnesty International

Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

 Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme

CIHRS Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies



International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

OMCT, World Organisation Against Torture

Penal Reform International

Protection International 

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty