New Resource: Legal Brief on the Right to Health Care in Prisons during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear all, I hope you all are staying well and healthy as feasible as possible these days during the pandemic!

I wanted to let you know that we, at Justice Initiative, just recently produced a legal brief in relation to Covid-19 and the management & obligations of criminal justice systems.

The legal brief (The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Open Society Justice Initiative ) is detailing the measures States should take to protect the lives and health of prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By using the standards and norms compiled in the brief, legal practitioners can more effectively advocate and litigate the right of prisoners to access health care in prison. Four systems are scrutinized in the brief: the United Nations, the Inter-American Human Rights system, the African Human and Peoples’ Rights system, and the Council of Europe, which have all developed detailed norms and standards shaping the scope of the right to healthcare in prisons. Applying a public health perspective to these standards and in light of policy and guidance provided by the WHO and other public health authorities, the brief details specific measures that the Justice Initiative considers States should implement -­ and that prisoners’ advocates should fight for - ­­during the COVID-19 crisis.

We hope this brief can be helpful in your own daily advocacy work, and please feel free to share it with your networks.

We are in the process of translating it into Spanish and Russian (and it will be uploaded onto the same page where the English version is when ready).

If you have any questions or comments about it, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

best wishes,

Marina Open Society Justice Initiative

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