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10 years of Nelson Mandela International Day - UNODC intensifies efforts to bring about positive change in prisons worldwide

18 July 2019For the 10 th time, the international community today celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day , honouring his outstanding contribution to humankind and remembering the 27 years he had to spend in prison. The decision of the UN General Assembly to closely associate his name with the revised  UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners  have put a renewed and urgently needed spotlight on prison management, conditions and reform efforts worldwide.

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New UNODC handbook aims to help remove barriers for vulnerable groups in accessing justice

31 May 2019 - One of the greatest challenges that poor and vulnerable groups across the world face in accessing justice is a lack of confidence in the quality of legal aid services. To support States and lawyers in the difficult task of enhancing the quality of these services, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the  Handbook on Ensuring Quality of Legal Aid Services in Criminal Justice Processes: Practical Guidance and Promising Practices at a side event at the 28th Crime Commission. [...]

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Stopping hate crime, supporting SDGs through criminal justice the focus of 28th Crime Commission

Vienna, 20 May 2019 - Preventing and countering crime motivated by intolerance or discrimination and the role of criminal justice systems in enabling sustainable development will be key topics of the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [...]

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Enhancing awareness of the Nelson Mandela Rules through instructional placards 

December 2018 - With the memory of Nelson Mandela in mind, who himself had to spend 27 years in prison, the General Assembly adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in December 2015 as "the Nelson Mandela Rules".  The rules resulted from five years of inter-governmental […]  

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Experts identify actions to protect children from violence by terrorist groups in Eastern Africa

November 2018 - Globally, children face an increasing risk of economic and sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. The trafficking, recruitment, and exploitation of children by terrorist and violent extremist groups is among these risks and addressing it requires international cooperation. […]

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Strengthening the capacity to respect human rights in counter-terrorism efforts in the Sahel

October 2018 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), delivered the final workshop of the train-the-trainers course on human rights in the criminal justice response to terrorism in Dakar on 1-5 October 2018.[…]

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