Amnesty International: Assange bail application highlights COVID-19 risk to many vulnerable detainees and prisoners

On 25th March 2020, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Europe Deputy Director of Research says

If Julian Assange is shown to have an underlying condition that puts him at risk, he should be immediately released on bail

Decreasing the prison population and the number of people in detention centres is a crucial means of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping people safe

For those who remain in detention or prison the UK must provide a standard of healthcare that meets each person’s individual needs and ensures the maximum possible protection against the spread of COVID-19


The general provision of health care for prisoners is a state responsibility. Prisoners should enjoy the same standards of health care that are available in the community, including when it comes to testing, prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Conditions in UK prisons and detention centres are substandard. It is imperative that health and safety protocols are put in place to effectively ward off harm while ensuring that prisoners’ and detainees’ rights are protected.

Editors Note: This statement suggest the bail application is based entirely on medical grounds. The question whether the NHS can support the prison system if or when it is being over run serving the community at large becomes pertinent.

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