UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

Justice and human rights are rights for all, including those incarcerated.


While prohibiting discrimination, the Rules failed to recognize sexual orientation and gender identity  explicitly as grounds for discrimination 

Posted by Melanie Nathan, Via UN News Center, October 09, 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 9.14.16 AMThis week, the United Nations launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the revised rules and progress made,” said Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who represented the UN chief at the high-level presentation at UN Headquarters of the revised Rules, named after the late South African President who spent years in prison. South Africa also chaired the Expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules.

“He notes the critical importance of protecting the human rights of all persons deprived…

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