National Preventive Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic

2020The UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT),

Persons deprived of their liberty comprise a particularly vulnerable group owing to the nature of the restrictions which are already placed upon them and their limited capacity to take precautionary measures. Within prisons and other detention settings, many of which are severely overcrowded and insanitary, there are also increasingly acute problems. The SPT gives advice on: Measures to be taken by authorities concerning all places of deprivation of liberty, including detention facilities, immigration detention, closed refugee camps, psychiatric hospitals and other medical settings. Measures to be taken by authorities in respect of those in official places of quarantine. Measures to be taken by NPMs

Key wordscoronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) / disaster / mental health / pandemic