Denisova informed the President of the United Nations Monitoring Mission about the situation of COVID-19 in prisons
Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova spoke on prison monitoring to the president of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner, and to the head of the Department of Physical and Human Rights in the Context of the Armed Conflict, Ulazemir Shcherbau.
The Ombudsman reported this on Facebook.
“We discussed the current situation regarding the introduction of and compliance with anti-epidemic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in places of detention. Ms. Matilda was informed of the results of the visits monitoring of employees of the Office of the Ombudsman in penal establishments since the start of the announced national quarantine, as well as of those who continue, “said Denisova.
According to her, she informed Bogner of a number of violations identified during these inspections. In particular, the temperature control of workers at the entrance to establishments is not carried out, prisoners and staff are not equipped with sufficient personal protective equipment, the rooms are overcrowded, which increases the risk coronavirus infection.
According to the Ombudsman, there is a need to unload places of detention as soon as possible and to release prisoners, including minors, mothers with children, detainees and detainees who have appropriate recommendations regarding their health and age.
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The official added that she had sent letters to Verkhovna Rada president Dmitry Razumkov and all presidents of parliamentary factions and groups of deputies asking them to submit to parliament and pass bills that would reduce the number of prisoners in the Ukrainian prison system.
“I turned to Mrs. Matilda to ask her to help her also in this affair, using all possible leverage,” summarizes Denisova.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru