The COVID-19 pandemic has placed much of the world’s population in some form of isolation, confinement or quarantine. In this extraordinary situation, deprivation of liberty has taken on new dimensions.
Informed by extensive consultation with NPMs from across the world, the APT in partnership with OSCE/ODIHR, elaborated a practical guidance on how NPMs can continue their monitoring functions in order to address these challenges. It outlines concrete solutions to continue monitoring places of deprivation of liberty, either remotely, or in person. It also put specific emphasis on new risks and challenges posed by the pandemic, to which NPMs should pay specific attention to.
The English version of the guidance was published in June and now the Spanish and French versions are available as well.
Source: Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)