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6. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

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This chapter discusses the standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners approved by the economic and social council of the United Nations on 31 July 1957. In view of the great variety of legal, social, economic and geographical conditions of the world, it is evident that not all of the rules are capable of application in all places and at all times. They should, however, serve to stimulate a constant endeavour to overcome practical difficulties in the way of their application, in the knowledge that they represent the minimum conditions which are accepted as suitable by the United Nations. Part I of the rules covers the general management of institutions, and is applicable to all categories of prisoners, criminal or civil, untried or convicted, including prisoners subject to "security measures" or corrective measures ordered by the judge. Part II contains rules applicable only to the special categories.

Keywords: criminal; institutions; prisoners; security measures; social council; standard minimum rules; United Nations



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