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Short Update: Hungarian government representative rejects the idea of decreasing the number of detainees

FT Admin - May 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) proposed various steps for the Hungarian penitentiary system in relation to dealing with COVID-19, for example in relation to ensuring detainee’s contact with their family via alternative means, informing detainees, providing protective equipment to the staff, and emphasized the importance of outside supervision e.g. by the NPM. The HHC also proposed decreasing the number of detainees (and overcrowding) e.g. by suspending the execution of petty offence confinements, and releasing certain categories of detainees. 

As a reaction, a high-ranking government representative stated on 27 March 2020 that the HHC’s suggestion to decrease the number of detainees is “unacceptable both morally and ethically, and it is a nonsense logically”, because penitentiary hospitals can treat detainees, and isolation is also possible in prisons. 

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