In March the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada postponed all in-person hearings for asylum claims until at least April. On March 20, the government announced it would close its borders to asylum seekers from other countries.
INQUEST has published a new briefing on COVID-19: Protecting people in places of custody and detention. The briefing sets out our immediate concerns around the pandemic, focusing on our areas of expertise.
As the coronavirus pandemic brings the global economy to a halt, the world’s most vulnerable countries are suffering intensifying harm, and businesses faced with the disappearance of sales are laying off workers.
The Prisoners’ Advice Service has asked the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week to release groups of prisoners in order to lessen the impact of coronavirus in the penal estate. They have done it in Iran, so why not here?