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Middle East: coronavirus, prison fever

Access to healthcare, sentence adjustments, acts of protest, contacts with the outside world: what are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in Middle Eastern prisons? // Updated on 14 September 2020 at 14:45 CEST.

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Saudi Arabia
Bahrain

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 1

United Arab Emirates

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 1

Iraq

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 79

Iran

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 360; Deceased prisoners: 20

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 10+

Jordan
Kuwait

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 286 ; Deceased prisoner: 1

Lebanon

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 228

Oman
Qatar

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 12

Syria

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 816; Deceased prisoners: 204

Turkey

Confirmed cases amongst prisoners: 446; Deceased prisoners: 6

Yemen

Useful links

  • The call of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, the MENA rights group, and 38 other organizations for the governments of the Middle East-North Africa region to take emergency measures to protect prison populations from the COVID-19 virus epidemic
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