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Montenegrin prison system receives protective equipment to address COVID-19 crisis

Podgorica, Montenegro 24 April 2020
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Montenegrin prison system receives protective equipment to address COVID-19 crisis

Responding to the emergency of COVID-19 crisis and to the need of providing support to inmates and prison staff, the European Union and the Council of Europe donated the first lot of personal protective equipment to the Administration for the execution of criminal sanctions in Montenegro.

In total, 2 000 masks, 50 litres of hand disinfectants and 10 dispensers were handed over to prison administration.

The donation builds on the efforts of the prison administration to follow the recommendations of the Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of Covid-19 pandemic, issued by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) on 20 March 2020, in accordance with the World Health Organisation guidelines. It will assist authorities address COVID-19 crisis while at the same time improve the protection of human rights, as well as the living conditions of prisoners.

The initiative is part of the action “Further enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Montenegro”, an extensive co-operation with Montenegrin prison authorities since 2016 through the joint Horizontal Facility programme financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.