UN urged to unload the prison due to the spread of COVID-19

The UN high Commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet called on the leaders to relieve prison in connection with the distribution of COVID-19. According to her, the overcrowding in prison can lead to catastrophic consequences. About it it is spoken in the message on the UN website.

In Iran, the authorities temporarily released about 100 thousand people – that’s 40% of all prisoners. Indonesia has decided to give freedom to 30 thousand prisoners serving time for minor violations, including drug use. According to some sources, this example we intend to follow and the Turkish authorities, the report said.

Many authorities have already announced the release of the people belonging to the risk group: pregnant women, the disabled, the elderly, prisoners with chronic diseases and minor. Under the Amnesty can get those who are serving the last years of imprisonment, and also people who do not pose a special danger to the society, noted in the organization.

“We urge the state to release from prison people who have been jailed without a sound legal basis, including political prisoners and those arrested for critical statements,” the statement said Bachelet.

However, human rights activists said that those convicted of serious crimes in accordance with international law, as well as criminals who are a danger to society, should be given the freedom in extreme cases and only at the time of the pandemic.

The UN has urged to consider the case of each prisoner individually and to take the necessary measures to comply with the distance in the prisons.

Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the morning of 5 April coronavirus infection worldwide were infected 1 203 099 people. Victims of the virus were 64 774 people, has recovered 246 893.

At 10.00 am on 5 April, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Ukraine is 1251, 32 people (11 men and 21 women) died. Fully recovered 25 Ukrainians.

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