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UNODC Participates on the Latin American Workshop on Penitentiary Infrastructure

The UNODC ROPAN Prison Reform Team Coordinator participated in the "Latin American Workshop on Penitentiary Infrastructure" organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ministry of Government of the Republic of Panama, held in Panama City from 31 May to 2 June 2016.

Representatives from 12 Latin American countries, as well as experts from the Society of Infrastructures and Penitentiary Equipment (SIEP), the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), were among the participants to this event.

The purpose of the workshop was to analyze existing problems within regional prison systems and share experiences on how to improve prison conditions in order to achieve humane and secure prisons that facilitate social reintegration.

UNODC Coordinator presented the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (now referred as the Nelson Mandela Rules), likewise the delegations of the participating countries shared the progress that such international instrument establishes, in line with human rights standards, taking into consideration the new challenges of prison management. In addition, copies the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders ( the Bangkok Rules) were presented and copies distributed.