Minimum treatment of prisoners

Text of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, with an introduction by the ICJ.

The ICJ is aware that, for all practical purposes, the application and implementation of the Rules will depend largely on the extent of which they are know. It has therefore decided to reproduce the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in full, wishing to draw the attention of lawyers all over the world to their provisions. Lawyers have a special role to play in the promotion of recognized standards of treatment of detained persons, their full support should thus encourage the application of the Rules in every country.

Minimum treatment prisoner-basic texts-1957-eng (full text in English, PDF)

Minimum treatment prisoner-basic texts-1957-fra (full text in French, PDF)

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