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  • UNODC calls for humane prison conditions on Nelson Mandela International Day

    On Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July, UNODC's Chief calls on every country to ensure that the Nelson Mandela Rules of prisoner treatment make a difference to the lives of prisoners globally. Image: UNOV.Since 2010, the United Nations celebrates 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day to recognise the former South African President's outstanding contribution to a culture of peace and freedom. With Mr. Mandela's memory in mind, who himself had to spend 27 years of his life in prison, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners as "the Nelson Mandela Rules".