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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law$
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Nigel Rodley and Matt Pollard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693566.001.0001

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Conditions of Imprisonment or Detention

Conditions of Imprisonment or Detention

Chapter:
(p.379) 9 Conditions of Imprisonment or Detention
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The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law
Author(s):

Nigel Rodley

Matt Pollard

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693566.003.0010

This chapter deals with the question of conditions of imprisonment or detention. It enumerates the principles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights, and the African Charter on Human Rights on prisoner conditions and investigates its jurisdiction. It briefly describes the predicament on whether these provisions are binding only on states that are members of these associations or does it reflect a rule of general international law. In addition, it looks into the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners passed by the UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders and the practices done by the UN Human Rights Committee. Furthermore, it states the legal consequences of unlawful conditions of imprisonment or detention.

Keywords:   prisoner conditions, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, American Convention on Human Rights, African Charter on Human Rights, international law, Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, UN Human Rights Committee

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