Prisoners’ rights in times of pandemic: an analysis to the extraordinary measures implemented in prisons in Italy, Portugal, and the UK

dc.contributor.advisor Ginter, Jaan Coutinho, Maria : do Carmo Pires de Lima da Cunha 2020-10-07T10:18:22Z 2020-10-07T10:18:22Z 2020
dc.description Second semester University: University of Tartu en_US
dc.description.abstract The COVID-19 pandemic is a threat of unprecedented proportions that has severely affected our societies worldwide. Governments are under pressure to respond wisely, and prisoners are particularly affected by the policies and effects of this public health crisis. This dissertation will contribute to a deeper reflection on how to manage the balance between prisoners’ rights and public health protection, by identifying and critically analysing the anti-COVID measures taken in the prison system, in Italy, Portugal and the UK. This research considered the official information provided by the national authorities, and the information published by the media. The measures restricting the prisoners’ rights and freedoms received particular attention. A content analysis was undertaken, and the measures identified as the most controversial were analysed by reference to the ECtHR case-law. The findings of this research indicate that Article 3 and Article 8 of the Convention were the ones most at risk regarding the anti-COVID measures. This work illustrates the need to remain vigilant in particular during emergency times. State interferences can occur, but it is fundamental to upheld human rights throughout the crisis, with particular attention to the most vulnerable, such as incarcerated people. Key words: COVID-19, prisons, Human Rights, ECtHR, prisoner’s rights; Italy, Portugal, UK, Health crisis en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Campus Europe (EMA) theses 2019/2020;
dc.subject prisons en_US
dc.subject emergency en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject prison conditions en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.subject Italy en_US
dc.subject United Kingdom en_US
dc.subject Portugal en_US
dc.subject European Court of Human Rights en_US
dc.subject crisis management en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic
dc.title Prisoners’ rights in times of pandemic: an analysis to the extraordinary measures implemented in prisons in Italy, Portugal, and the UK en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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