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2020-11-11

Workshop on the protection of human rights, context of deprivation of liberty and Covid-19.

Workshop on the protection of human rights, context of deprivation of liberty and Covid-19.

Tunis, November 3rd 2020: With the objective to support the activities of torture prevention mechanisms (NPMs) in times of health crisis caused by Covid-19, the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) organized a workshop to exchange knowledge on good practices with regard to strengthening guarantees for the protection of human rights of persons deprived of their liberty.

 

The National Authority for the Prevention of Torture (INPT) presented the measures adopted in order to continue, in the context of the current health crisis, its missions relating to the prevention of torture in places of detention. Following a proactive preventive approach, various actions have been initiated recently, aimed at improving the living conditions of detainees taking into account the specific health risks in prisons. Among them:

 

  • communicating and coordinating with the ministries concerned to reinforce preventive measures against the spread of the pandemic;
  • appealing to the competent authorities to take alternative measures to custodial sentences;
  • organizing a series of targeted visits;
  • raising awareness on the rights of persons deprived of their liberty.

 

These measures not only aim to protect detainees from Covid-19, but are also intended to mitigate the psychological effects of the « double confinement » imposed by this health crisis.

 

This workshop was funded by DCAF's Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). Funding comes from France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Further information on DCAF is available on the DCAF website or on the DCAF Tunisia website