Burundi’s Director General of Prison Affairs welcomes recommendations from Burundi Bridges to Justice to protect detainees from COVID-19.
IBJ Myanmar actively distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist with COVID-19 countermeasures
IBJ Lawyers representing cases in newly set up online courtrooms in Rwanda.
IBJ supports courts using teleconferencing technologies to minimize human interaction + expedite bail hearings during COVID-19.
Supreme Court case in India refers to guidelines drafted by IBJ India for protection of prisoners from COVID-19.
Lawyers at IBJ’s 5 Justice Centers in Myanmar implement duty lawyer schedule to provide emergency legal representation around the clock during pandemic.
IBJ supports prisons + detention facilities to employ more hygiene measures, physical distancing, screening processes + segregation of new detainees + the ill under COVID-19 pandemic.
IBJ lawyers in Syria help educate public on how to prevent infection in partnership with faculties of medicine + pharmacy at Aleppo University in NW Syria.
IBJ supports extended or suspended deadlines for filing of appeals + revisions during CIVD-19 crisis.
IBJ India WhatsApp group connects 200+ criminal defense lawyers to share COVID-19 criminal law developments + judgements.
IBJ affiliate lawyer gets bail for 116 detainees at Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka during COVID-19 pandemic.
IBJ supports courts worldwide to employ non-custodial sanctions (fines, citations or infringement notices) for minor nonviolent offences to avoid crowding in police cells + pre-trial detention facilities during COVID-19 pandemic.
IBJ lawyers in NW Syria visit courts in Jandairis, Afrin, Raii + Jarablus to meet judges to request shorter court proceedings + more bail applications.
IBJ supports global standards for access to justice + state responses under COVID-19 with release of statement + accompanying guidelines.
IBJ lawyers in NW Syria increase rate of bail + parole in police stations, detention facilities + prisons under pandemic.
Burundi Bridges to Justice submits statement to Justice Minister with specific measures to increase protection of detainees against COVID-19.
IBJ supports early, provisional or temporary release or parole of already sentenced low-risk offenders during pandemic worldwide.
DR Congo Bridges to Justice drafts letter to authorities requesting all prisoners held in pre-trial detention be granted temporary release until court sessions resumed after pandemic.
IBJ lawyers support local councils in NW Syria to close public places, including mosques.
IBJ supports release on free bail for accused persons charged with non-violent + minor offences during COVID-19.
Myanmar legal aid coalition that includes IBJ offers support to Myanmar government to limit arrests, reduce # of detainees + maintain core court functions during pandemic.
IBJ supports worldwide use of amnesty or pardons to release sentenced low risk prisoners to minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19 in prisons.
IBJ lawyers in Sri Lanka support Jaffna prison authorities to release prisoners accused of minor offenses, resulting in 350 prisoners released.
Minister of Justice in Syrian Interim Government + IBJ lawyers form task force to prevent human rights violations at police stations + prisons during pandemic.
IBJ supports community-centred policing to fight COVID-19 in IBJ official statement.
Burundi Bridges to Justice provides lawyers visiting police cells with COVID-19 prevention kits, with gloves + disinfectant.
IBJ India drafts Public Interest Litigation that leads Delhi government to release pre-trial prisoners on interim bail.
IBJ lawyers in Syria implement 24/7 plan to bail detainees around the clock in Syria North Western enclave.
IBJ supports courts worldwide to continue to hold critical hearings, including remand hearings, bail/bond applications, habeas corpus hearings + dispositions of criminal cases during pandemic.
IBJ lawyer successfully mediates case in IDP camp in Aleppo, resulting in peaceful release of 20 detainees.
IBJ in Rwanda are the only legal help permitted to visit prisons alongside the Rwandan Bar Association.
IBJ India held unprecedented 800+ lawyer training online
IBJ in Burundi in discussions with Ministry of Justice on access to detainees and precautionary measures against COVID-19