March 18, 2020
On 11 March 2020, WHO announced COVID-19 can be characterized as Pandemic and called on member states to urgently scale-up aggressive measures to combat COVID-19. In Burma (Myanmar), the government, especially Ministry of Health and Sports, is carrying out the necessary measures in preparation to prevent the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
AAPP has a particular concern that the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus could happen in the Prisons in Burma. Because Prisons are overcrowded in Burma and the lack of healthcare, inadequate nutrition and not enough space for the personal hygiene may make it harder to prevent the infection from one another if a prisoner is infected.
Therefore, AAPP believes that it is extremely important to take the precautionary measures to prevent the virus infection in Prisons, Labor Camps, Police Custodies and Court lock-up. In order to take such measures, AAPP strongly urge the government to carry out the followings as immediate action;
Moreover, we strongly recommend the government to reduce the prison population by granting the bail for the bailable cases and providing amnesty for the prisoners who are eligible under set criteria.
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP)
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