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Advice of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to States Parties and National Prevention Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Advice of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to States Parties and National Prevention Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic

UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, “Advice of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to States Parties and National Prevention Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic,” UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, March 25, 2020.

This statement from the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture outlines measures to be taken in detention facilities, immigration detention, closed refugee camps, psychiatric hospitals, and other medical settings to promote human dignity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Measures include assessments of high-risk populations, population reduction, daily outdoor exercise, allowing personal property, increasing video and telephone communication, and preventing the use of medical isolation as disciplinary segregation.

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Keywords: healthcare, humane, humanity, dignity, human rights, correction officers, mental health, isolation, quarantine, safeguards.