Responding to the emergency of COVID-19 crisis and to the need of providing support to inmates and prison staff, on 6 May 2020 the Council of Europe donated the necessary protective equipment to the Special Penitentiary Service (SPS) of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (MoJ).
In total, 6500 masks, 2500 face shields and 300 litres of sanitiser and antiseptic liquid were handed over to SPS, while a second delivery of distance thermometers is expected by the end of May 2020.
The donation builds on the efforts of the Ministry of Justice to follow the CPT statement of principles issued on 20 March for the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in accordance with the World Health Organisation guidelines. It will assist authorities in addressing COVID-19 crisis and improve the protection of human rights, as well as the living conditions of inmates.
This activity was organised within the framework of the CoE Project “Enhancement of Human Rights and Health-Care Support to Penitentiary Service” in Georgia, which is designed to support the further improvement of healthcare services within the penitentiary system.
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