COPCAT Shorts: UNODC Nelson Mandela Rules Posters

Nelson Mandela Rules postersFor readers perhaps not in the know, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has produced a set of five posters on the Nelson Mandela Rules.

More formally known as the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, UNODC’s Nelson Mandela Rules posters focus on key provisions of this vitally important soft-law instrument. Alongside we highlight the poster focusing on Rules 43 to 46 on restrictions and sanctions.

However, other ‘instructional placards’ (as UNODC refers to them) focus on detention themes as diverse as the provision of health care and legal aid, the conduct of searches, and the basic principles underpinning the SMRs. These include the treatment of prisoners with respect and without discrimination and the strict prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

The posters are available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish and can be downloaded directly from the UNODC website.

You can download here the English and French versions.

UNODC’s many other invaluable tools and publications on an array of criminal justice issues, including penal reform, can also be downloaded in different languages.