U.N. panel adopts new rules on treatment of prisoners: focuses on respect for human rights
May 23, The U.N. crime prevention agency has revised international standards on treatment of prisoners to focus on greater respect for human rights.
The revisions were passed Friday by the Vienna-based U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. They update standards in effect for 60 years, Associate Press reported.
According to Reuters, The so-called Mandela Rules, named for the late South African leader and former political prisoner Nelson Mandela, now go to the U.N. General Assembly for final approval.
Yuval Ginbar, a legal adviser at Amnesty International, said in a statement, “The Mandela Rules could herald in a new era in which prisoners’ human rights are fully respected”.
The standards adopted by the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna include the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Ginbar said.
They ensure the independence of health care staff and restrict disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days. The Oslo Times