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May 6, 2020
In a video recently sent to journalists from an Afghan prison, an inmate leans against a blue wall, struggling to breathe. “What’s wrong with him?” one man asks. “Corona,” another says.
April 30, 2020
So far, there have been no cases registered in any correctional facilities. The penitentiary system implements a set of measures to avoid any outbreaks of COVID-19 in prisons. First of all, it means that all prisons are closed for visitors, including AFEW Kyrgyzstan staff members. Since 20 March 2020, our peer consultants have not been visiting any institutions.
April 27, 2020
Kashmir Women’s Movement (KWM) and Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) organised a COVID-19 KASHMIR WOMEN’S CONFERENCE via video link in which included politicians, lawyers and human rights defenders, academics and jurists. Among others, who took part in the conference included
April 27, 2020
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree to release over 12,000 inmates and to reform various prisons as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said on Monday.
April 23, 2020
“As many as 288 people, including foreign nationals were lodged in temporary jails across the state, who were caught flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules, informed UP Prison Department. Uttar Pradesh administration has created 34 temporary jails across the state to keep those persons who violated lockdown rules”
April 22, 2020
The National Commission for Women Wednesday issued an advisory to all State Director General and Inspector General of Prisons, raising the issue of women’s wards in prisons and correctional homes in the country in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and has demanded that bail applications be taken up on a priority basis in order to decongest the prisons.
Violent protests by Jalpaiguri jail inmates demanding that they be released on bail due to coronavirus outbreak
April 18, 2020
A section of inmates at the Jalpaiguri correctional home home in West Bengal held a violent protest on Saturday, demanding that they be granted bail in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, officials said.
April 4, 2020
Nearly 2900 prisoners have been released from overcrowded prisons in Sri Lanka as the Indian ocean island nation has stepped up its efforts to contain the spreading of the new coronavirus. Sri Lanka has been under a countrywide curfew since March 20. Five people have died due to the virus and the total number of confirmed cases have risen to 166.
March 29, 2020
“More than 400 prisoners were released from Delhi’s “”Tihar Jail”” in a bid to decongest one of the biggest jails in South Asia amid the COVID-19 pandemic spread. So far as many as 25 deaths have been reported from across India, and around 979 people infected.”
March 26, 2020
As cases of COVID-19 escalate in South Asia, one of the world’s poorest and most populous regions, Amnesty International calls on the authorities there to put human rights at the heart of their responses and intensify efforts to protect marginalized and vulnerable groups at higher risk, including daily wage earners, people displaced by conflict, health workers and prisoners.
March 21, 2020
Clashes broke out in the Dum Dum central jail in the northern fringes of Kolkata on Saturday after prisoners attacked jail officials with bricks, ransacked furniture and set fire in some places alleging that neither were they being produced in court nor were they being allowed to meet their family members.