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DR Congo: Prisons Face Covid-19 Catastrophe

Expand The main entrance at Makala, Kinshasa’s central prison, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. © 2020 John Bompengo/Radio Okapi (Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo’s overcrowded and unsanitary prisons are at grave risk of Covid-19 outbreaks that threaten the health and lives of detainees, guards, and the broader population, Human Rights Watch said today. Since March 21, 2020, magistrates have released just over 2,000 pretrial detainees and prisoners detained for low-level offenses to reduce the country’s prison populations, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission,…

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