Thailand: Crowded Conditions in Immigration Detention Centres

Authorities have reportedly started shifting immigration detainees to different facilities to assist social distancing but immigation detention centers remain crowded, risking risk of infection and no measures regarding immigration detainees in prisons have been announced. The Border Consortium released a statement on 2 April on the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and conflict affected communities, claiming to be undertaking measures including: working with suppliers to ensure a 3 month stockpile of certain goods is available in all camps; undertaking public awareness campaigns about washing hands and maintaining social distances in local languages; and distributing PPE, thermometers and handwashing facilities to community health workers. Information, education and communication materials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 have also been distributed in immigration detention centres.


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