This reference book is part of a series of training publications for human rights education which are designed to be adaptable to the needs and experience of a range of potential audiences. The pocketbook contains readily accessible information for prison officials on topics regarding international human rights standards, including the right to physical and moral integrity; health rights of prisoners; security regulation; prisoners' contact with the outside world; complaints and inspection procedures; special categories of prisoners; and persons under detention without sentence. A companion publication "Human rights and prisons: manual on human rights training for prison officials" (ISBN 9211541549) is also available separately.
Law by United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Author: United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Publisher: United Nations Publications
This publication is part of a series of training handbooks for human rights education which are designed to be adaptable to the needs and experience of a range of potential audiences. This publication focuses on human rights training for prison officials and includes practical recommendations, topics for discussion, case studies and checklists. Topics covered include: right to physical and moral integrity; health rights of prisoners; security regulation; prisoners contact with the outside world; complaints and inspection procedures; special categories of prisoners; and persons under detention without sentence. A companion publication "Human rights and prisons: a pocketbook of international human rights standards for prison officials" (ISBN 9211541581) is also available separately.
Over 100,000 people in the U.S. are incarcerated in prisons owned and operated by private corporations--a booming business. But how are the human rights of prisoners and prison employees affected when prisons are run for profit? An accomplished group of human rights writers and activists explores the historical, political and economic context of private prisons: * How are prisoners' lives affected by privatization? * How does it impact prison labor and prison employees? * How and why are private prisons becoming transnational? * Are women, children, and African and Native Americans affected differently from other populations? * How is privatization connected to the war on drugs, the criminalization of poverty and 'tough on crime' politics? The preface is by Sir Nigel Rodley, Professor of Law at the University of Essex; former United Nations Special Rapporteur for Torture; and knighted in 1999 for recognition of services to human rights and international law.
Prisons are always a key focus of those interested in human rights and the rule of law. Human Rights in African Prisons looks at the challenges African governments face in dealing with these issues. Written by some of the most eminent researchers from and on Africa, including the former chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This collection provides a current analysis of the situation in African prisons and examines how regional and international legal instruments have dealt with human rights concerns such as overcrowding, healthcare, pretrial detention, and the treatment of women and children. Human Rights in African Prisons reveals that there are reforms under way across nations in Africa and makes recommendations for strengthening and building on them.
Edited by David Brown (Professor of Law, University of NSW) and Meredith Wilkie (Director, Race Discrimination Unit, Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) As prison populations continue to expand across the western world the question of the rights of prisoners has become an increasingly pressing issue, particularly in the light of new human rights discourses. This important new book gives voice to a diverse range of viewpoints arising out of this debate in the Australian context, while the issues raised will have powerful echoes elsewhere. The contributors to this book include the prisoners themselves, human rights activists, academics, criminal justice policy makers and practitioners. Overall the book presents a powerful argument that prisoners do and should have rights in any society that professes to be a democracy, bringing to the fore a debate that society would often prefer to forget.
"We are introduced to the meaning and scope of human rights and civil liberties, the reasons for their recognition and enforcement, the machinery available for redress and, equally importantly, the reasons why such rights and liberties need to be restricted and the limitations thereof. These themes form the basis of the first Part of the text. Specific areas of civil liberties, such as freedom of expression, privacy and prisoners' rights, are studied in that context in the second Part, allowing the student to appreciate the tension between human rights and civil liberties and their legal protection, and to develop an understanding of the techniques used in domestic and international law to balance such liberties with other rights and interests."--BOOK JACKET.
In recent years European prison law and policy have emerged as a force to be reckoned with. This book explores its development and analyses the penological and human rights foundations on which it is based. It examines the findings of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the recommendations of the Council of Europe, and the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. From these sources it makes the general principles that underlie European prison law and policy explicit, emphasising the principle of using imprisonment as a last resort and the recognition of prisoners' rights. The book then moves on to apply these principles to conditions of imprisonment, regimes in prison, contacts between prisoners and the outside world, and the maintenance of good order in prisons. The final chapter of the book considers how European prison law and policy could best be advanced in future. The authors argue that the European Court of Human Rights should adopt a more proactive approach to ensuring that imprisonment is used only as a last resort, and that a more radical interpretation of the existing provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights will allow it to do so. It concludes that the growing cooperation on prison matters within Europe bodes well for the increased recognition of prisoners' rights across Europe. In spite of some countervailing voices, Europe should increasingly be able to give an international lead in a human rights approach to prison law and policy in the same way it has done with the abolition of the death penalty.
The first such report on Egypt by human rights organization including on-site inspection and extensive interviews with current inmates, Prison conditions in Egypt documents appaling conditions and practices. It describes the filth and poor sanitary facilities in living quarters and hospitals, tremendous overcrowding and prolonged daily confinement, denial of medication attention, the use of unauthorized physical violence against inmates, and the imposition of particularly harsh living conditions on sentenced security prisoners and security detainees held without charge. The report provides a detailed set of recommendations to the Egyptian authorities for improving the current conditions.