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Karapatan: Delay of SC decision on release of political prisoners worsens COVID-19 crisis in prisons

Human rights watchdog Karapatan appealed to the Supreme Court to act decisively amid reports of the deferral of its decision on the petition for the humanitarian release of prisoners, including political prisoners, with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country’s detention facilities. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay asserted that “with every day that vulnerable prisoners are not released, the lives of more and more prisoners are put at greater risk.”

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