COVID-19 in prisons
Chilean security forces attack Mapuche political prisoners and their family members

The Mapuche political prisoners, who have been on a hunger strike for months, were violently beaten, forced to end the strike and transferred to a hospital by the Chilean Gendarmerie officials

Mapuche spiritual leader ends hunger strike

Machi Celestino Córdova took the decision after reaching an agreement with the Chilean Government

COVID-19 in Pakistan Pakistan’s COVID-19 response is eroding trust of people in institutions, says report

The Imran Khan-led government’s overall response to the COVID-19 crisis has been marred by inconsistency, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), which claims that the ongoing pandemic has increased the trust-deficit 

Indian political prisoners, Varavara Rao and G.N. Saibaba face grave health risks

79-year-old Varavara Rao has contracted COVID-19 and G.N. Saibaba, who is 90% disabled, is in a prison where a large number of cases have been reported.

Indian poet and activist Varavara Rao shifted from prison to hospital due to deteriorating health

The health of the 79-year-old poet has deteriorated alarmingly over the past few weeks. He has been in prison since late 2018 in the Elgar Parishad case which critics say is aimed at silencing dissent in India

Sahrawi activists Lefkir illegal confinement Saharawi activist Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir, “I left the small prison just to enter the big one”

After six months in jail on a politically-motivated charge, Saharawi Human rights activist Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir has been released but enjoys only partial freedom

Daniel Gallardo and the Spanish walls

Daniel Gallardo was arrested on October 17, 2019 when he was participating in a solidarity rally with Catalan political prisoners

Israel arrests Palestinians Israeli forces arrest several Palestinians in occupied territories

Though Israel regularly arrests Palestinians and keeps them under illegal detention for months, the number of such arrests have risen in the last couple of months

Wallmapu: “The Mapuche political prisoners are not alone”

The Mapuche community demands protection for political prisoners in the prisons of the Araucanía region of Chile after being exposed to the risk of COVID-19 due to lack of necessary care

Saharawi political prisoner Bachir Khada: “I only dream of my freedom”

The story of Saharawi journalist Bachir Khada, political prisoner condemned to more than 20 years in Morocco because of his participation in the struggle to free Western Sahara. Today he is one of the thousands of prisoners that demands to be freed amid the pandemic

Víctor Polay: Incarceration in a Peruvian Naval Base

The political prisoner has spent the past two decades in complete isolation in a special penitentiary center on a Naval Base in Peru. Amid the spread of COVID-19 the incarcerated population is especially at risk

El Salvador’s President faces criticism for violating rights of imprisoned gang members

National and international human rights organizations have condemned the president’s actions as the crackdown on inmates comes amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus

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