Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
"The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners were first
adopted in 1957, and in 2015 were revised and adopted as the Nelson Mandela Rules.
The revision process was initiated in 2010 when it was recognised that
while the Rules were a key standard for the treatment of prisoners
globally and were widely used, there had been major developments in
human rights and criminal justice since 1957.
The Standard Minimum Rules are often regarded by states as the primary –
if not only – source of standards relating to treatment in detention,
and are the key framework used by monitoring and inspection mechanisms
in assessing the treatment of prisoners.
The revised Standard Minimum Rules were adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly (UN-Doc A/Res/70/175) on 17 December 2015. Read PRI’s news release on this historic occasion.
The revised Rules are now known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ to
‘honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, Mr. Nelson
Rolihlahla Mandela, who who spent 27 years in prison in the course of
his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the
promotion of a culture of peace’."
View the Nelson Mandela Rules
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