Cameroon Should Protect Prison Population from COVID-19

Originally published by Human Rights Watch on 26 Mar 2020

Summary

Cameroon’s prisons are notoriously overcrowded, making social distancing and self isolation challenging to implement. In the wake of the epidemic, Cameroonian authorities are limiting prison visits and asking visitors to wash their hands. However, local lawyers argue that these measures are insufficient and that authorities should release individuals who are in pretrial detention on public safety grounds.