These recommendations are intended for prison staff and health professionals, as well as for their administrations.

They provide useful information on the prevention and containment of COVID-19 outbreaks, as well as on the observance of important human rights elements in prisons and other places of detention.


WHO notes: “At all stages of the administration of criminal justice, more attention should be paid to the application of non-custodial measures, including pre-trial, trial and sentencing.

In cases where the defendant is not in danger, priority should be given to non-custodial measures.

 Older persons, as well as those who have medical problems related to high pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are the most vulnerable group for the development of the disease. “


The main issues that are now of concern to the members of the Coalition against torture are:

  1. Practical measures taken by State Penal Correction Service to comply with the recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 in correctional institutions;
  2. Are artificial lung ventilation (ventilator) devices available and/or purchased for treatment of prisoners? If so, in what volumes.
  3. Have the medicines listed in the interim recommendations for prevention, diagnosis and treatment COVID-19 of the Ministry of health of the Kyrgyz Republic  been purchased;
  4. In the absence of facilities at the disposal of the State Penal Correction Service for the treatment of prisoners, how will the referral of convicts for treatment be organized to civilian hospitals where such devices are available?
  5. Who of the officials is personally responsible for taking urgent measures to prevent the circulation of COVID-19 in places of detention.

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