Originally published by Anadolu Agency / Felix Tih on 19/04/2020


According to Amnesty International, authorities in Sub-Saharan Africa must take urgent action to protect prisoners from the coronavirus and guarantee access to healthcare and sanitation in all detention facilities. It further called for the release of prisoners of conscience, review of pre-trial detention, and release of women and girls who are in detention with children or are pregnant. The severe overcrowding in many prisons and detention centers could become a public health catastrophe, especially given the lack of health care and sanitation.