The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Avoidance of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Charge (CPT) has launched today a statement of principles connecting to the treatment of persons denied of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
” The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has actually established fantastic troubles for the authorities of all member States of the Council of Europe”, states Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT. “There specify and extreme obstacles for workers working in numerous places of deprivation of liberty, including cops detention facilities, penitentiary companies, immigration detention centres, psychiatric university hospital and social care homes, in addition to in different newly-established facilities/zones where persons are positioned in quarantine. Whilst acknowledging the clear necessary to take firm action to eliminate COVID-19, the CPT should recommend all stars of the outright nature of the limitation of abuse and inhuman or degrading treatment. Protective steps need to never ever result in inhuman or degrading treatment of people denied of their liberty.”
In the CPT’s view, these principles require to be used by all appropriate authorities accountable for people deprived of their liberty within the Council of Europe area.The CPT has actually sent this statement to all Council of Europe member states, asking them to send it to all Ministers concerned, in addition to any other authority( including the Judiciary and the Parliament )accountable for the situation of individuals denied of their liberty. In its letter, the CPT requests the authorities to send out, by 30 April, an account of the concrete treatments taken by the relevant authorities in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic with regard to the treatment of individuals deprived of their liberty in jails in addition to in other sort of facility, in specific, health and social wellness organizations and migration detention centres.Statement of principles
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