New Topic: Detention

January 17, 2019

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Recently, we published a new article in the Topics section on the right to health in detention facilities. This article, which was written by our volunteer Somaya Bahji from Morocco, mainly builds upon the 2018 report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health on detention and confinement. In this report, Mr. Dainius Pūras identified among others the following human rights infringements in these settings:

  • Lack of medical care leading to unhealthy coping mechanisms or suicide
  • Cases of fatal dehydration
  • Complicity of doctors in torture programmes or organ harvesting
  • Dual loyalty problems, leading to mishandling of forensic reports or following medical procedures/practices that serve the interest of the state at the expense of the detainees’ health
  • Punishment of detainees in the name of drug treatment
  • Discrimination against immigrants
  • Forced sterilization and slavery
  • Non-consensual treatment
  • Lack of protection of detainees from peer violence and rape 


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