On 7 October, the United Nations launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which
"He notes the critical importance of protecting the human rights of all persons deprived of their liberty as one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals who risk abuse and
The senior human rights official highlighted as "important advances" the right to health of persons deprived of their liberty so that prisoners enjoy the same standard of health care as in the community and for continuity of treatment and care.
"This provision is very important because the risk of transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases is much higher in prisons than in the general population," he said, adding that the new health rules also provide an absolute prohibition on torture and
Adapted from the UN website