Report on Prisoners' rights - Response to COVID-19 pandemic in North-East India
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous measures have been taken across India by several stakeholders to contain the spread of the disease in the community. A slew of measures have been initiated by the judiciary in relation to prisons with the objective of preventing an outbreak of the disease amongst prisoners.
The webinar on the response to COVID-19 pandemic in North-East India's prisons was conducted on 05.06.2020, and a follow up meeting was held on 02.07.2020. The specific issues pertaining to prisons in the North East were discussed, and how these can be addressed, in the light of the Supreme Court judgements was also discussed.
The webinar was organized to discuss the developments in the Northeast on prisoners’ rights during the pandemic. In addition to being a knowledge-sharing platform, the webinar was also meant to be a training and capacity building exercise to forge a future path for strategic litigation in prison related issues. The webinar was attended by members of HRLN and our networking partners from six Northeastern states, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim and also there were participants from Delhi.