There is little available information about the treatment of migrants or asylum seekers in enforcement procedures in Benin. Shortly after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, on 21 March 2020, visits to prisons were suspended. In early May, more than 400 inmates were released to limit the spread of the virus. At the prison in the city of Natitingou, social distancing has been reportedly impossible to maintain due to overcrowding. All detainees have been requested to wear masks. Newly arrived individuals are quarantined, and are administered chloroquine for ten days.
- Prison Insider, “Coronavirus, Fièvre des Prisons: Benin,” 21 March 2020, https://www.prison-insider.com/en/articles/afrique-coronavirus-la-fievre-des-prisons#benin-5e81fdd310cad
- Agence Bénin Presse, “Difficile respect de la distanciation physique pour surpeuplement à la prison de Natitingou, » 26 May 2020, https://www.agencebeninpresse.info/web/depeche/51/difficile-respect-de-la-distanciation-physique-pour-surpeuplement-a-la-prison-de-natitingou
- O. Hounguè, “Coronavirus au Bénin : libération conditionnelle de plus de 400 prisonniers, ” Banouto, 6 May 2020, https://www.banouto.info/article/securite%20humaine/20200506-coronavirus-au-bnin-libration-conditionnelle-de-plus-de-400-prisonniers/