Introductory note to the United Nations revised minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners (Nelson Mandela rules)

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Abstract

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners on December 17, 2015. To honor the late South African President Nelson Mandela’s well-documented struggle against human rights abuse under the South African apartheid regime and his lifelong dedication to the promotion of equality and human dignity, the rules are known as the ‘Mandela Rules’. The Mandela Rules expand those adopted in 1955 by the First UN Congress on the prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders. In the intervening years, related international instruments have outlined the minimum standards of treatment for specific categories of individuals in detention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-1182
JournalInternational Legal Materials
Volume55
Issue number6
Early online date27 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Prisoner Treatment
  • Human Dignity
  • prohibition against torture
  • Mandela rules

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