Open-ended intergovernmental expert group meeting on the United Nations standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners, 31 January - 2 February 2012, Vienna, Austria

 

 

The General Assembly, in operative paragraph 10 of its resolution 65/230 of 21 December 2010, entitled " Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice",  requested the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to establish an open-ended intergovernmental expert group to exchange information on best practices, as well as national legislation and existing international law, and on the revision of the existing United Nations standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners so that they reflect recent advances in correctional science and best practices, with a view to making recommendations to the Commission on possible next steps.

In order to prepare the ground for the discussions of  the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting (hereinafter "the Meeting"),  the Secretariat requested Member States to provide information on best practices, as well as national legislation and existing international law, and on the revision of the existing United Nations standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners . It also prepared a paper, entitled Notes and comments on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners,  identifying for each of the Rules  the advances in internationally recognized good practice and highlighting the references to more recent international instruments, with the help of a consultant, Professor Andrew Coyle, Director, International Centre for Prison Studies, University of Essex, United Kingdom. A number of consultations with international experts took place in the course of 2011 to provide the Secretariat with additional inputs for the Background note, which is meant to assist the Meeting in its discussions and in the preparation of its recommendations on possible next steps to the twenty-first session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2012.

The Meeting will be held in the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). To facilitate the work of the Meeting, the Background note and the Note and comments on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, as well as relevant documents are available, or will be made available,  on this site. Documents will be available at the meeting Venue in limited number.Delegates are therefore kindly requested to bring their own copies of the documents to the meeting.

 

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Information for participants

 

 

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Provisional agenda

 

 

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General Assembly resolution 65/230

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Background note

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Notes and comments

 

 

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Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

 

 

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Report High Level EGM santo Domingo 3-5 August 2011

 

 

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