[Resource] Guidance for Legal Aid Providers to Protect Health & Human Rights of Detainees

Hi, all - I wanted to share this resource the ILF has created to empower legal aid providers with a framework for actions they can take to protect the health & human rights of detainees. We are all in this fight together to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable people!

Update: Besides English, now also available in Arabic and Burmese.

Given the state of the pandemic, many governments are issuing stay-at-home orders, courts have ceased operations, and the rights of the criminally accused are being suspended. Conditions in prisons are deteriorating; detainees are being deprived of medical care, sanitary conditions, and even food. Already overburdened and overpopulated, detention facilities are becoming even more susceptible to outbreaks of COVID-19. And court closures and administrative adjournments of cases will only add to this problem.

Unless legal aid advocates act now to avert this crisis, the lives of many detainees may be lost. There are several things that legal aid organizations can do, so we wanted to share!

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Thank you, @rachelaicher, resources like these are exactly what we need as we scramble to understand the situation and the best ways to protect vulnerable communities. @JhodyPolk and @michaelotto, perhaps we can make sure we are disseminating this to our members working on prisoners’ rights and criminal justice?

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Thanks so much @abigailmoy ! Glad this might be useful for your team. Will share more in this thread as we develop additional resources. We’ll have a global call to action for legal aid providers posted later today, and also an example of a country-specific letter we did in Afghanistan for actions that could be taken.

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Thanks and well done.

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Just added links to Arabic and Burmese translations as well!

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@namati_myanmar flagging this resource that is now available in Burmese - may be useful for network members in your national network.

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