Massive call to respect human rights while responding to COVID-19

Originally published by Canadian Friends Service Committee on 17/04/2020

Summary

The article covers concerns over human rights during a pandemic. During times of crisis, human rights are dismissed by governments as barriers to effective responses and the institutions that traditionally play a central role in protecting human rights face considerable constraints and limitations. The organizations and individual experts behind this “call” are urging governments at all levels to take steps to enhance and strengthen human rights and identify a number of measures in support.

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Why some Canadian prisoners should be released during the coronavirus pandemic

Originally published by The Conversation – Prodita Sabarini on 16/03/2020

Summary

In summary, the article advocates creative solutions with detainees. It advocates for house arrest, promises to appear in court, phone check-ins, intermittent sentences (i.e., weekend jail) and other creative solutions to decarcerate. For those remaining in custody, the article recommends implementing unlimited abilities for detainees to call their families for free, access to free sanitation products, suspending court dockets and dropping charges wherever possible.

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Why some Canadian prisoners should be released during the coronavirus pandemic

Originally published by The Conversation – Prodita Sabarini on 16/03/2020

Summary

In summary, the article advocates creative solutions with detainees. It advocates for house arrest, promises to appear in court, phone check-ins, intermittent sentences (i.e., weekend jail) and other creative solutions to decarcerate. For those remaining in custody, the article recommends implementing unlimited abilities for detainees to call their families for free, access to free sanitation products, suspending court dockets and dropping charges wherever possible.

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Spratt: Our jails are a petri dish for the rapid spread of coronavirus. Let’s release non-violent inmates

Originally published by Ottawa Citizen: Michael Spratt on 15/03/2020

Summary

An opinion piece advocating for the depopulation in Canadian prisons as a necessary lifesaving response. The author argues that if “jails become a hotspot for infections and prolonged quarantines are required, what could have been manageable chaos will become an extended and unworkable quagmire that could last well into next year”.

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