Invitation to Attend the High-Level Launch of the Nelson Mandela Rules

Sep 30, 2015

70th session of the UN General Assembly – Wednesday, 7 October 2015 (10 am-1 pm)

I am writing today to invite you to attend the upcoming “High-Level Launch of the Nelson Mandela Rules”, which UNODC and the Permanent Mission of South Africa will jointly organise on the margins of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, on Wednesday, 7 October 2015, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Under the chair of South Africa, the fourth meeting of the Expert Group established by the General Assembly to review the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, held in Cape Town from 2 to 5 March 2015, achieved consensus on all of the rules opened for revision.

It also recommended that the revised rules be known as “the Nelson Mandela Rules” to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, H.E. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Furthermore, it was recommended that the Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) be utilised to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners as a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.

As you know, the adoption of the Nelson Mandela Rules will represent a landmark advance in the international normative framework applicable to the treatment of prisoners and the management of prison facilities.

In light of your extensive academic and professional experience in the area of criminal prevention and criminal justice, we would be honoured to have you attending the high-level launch on 7 October.

Also, please do not hesitate to extend this invitation to all the organizations and entities which are members of the Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Kindly RSVP at the following email address: unodcny@un.org Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.  

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,
Matteo Pasquali
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Matteo Pasquali
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
New York Office
One United Nations Plaza, DC1-0613
New York, NY 10011, USA
Tel: (212) 963-5634


 

Download the Resolution containing the Mandela Rules (Annex)