On 9 August 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez, issued a report on the current review of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMR). The report states that the revision process is ‘an opportunity to enhance understanding of the scope and nature of the prohibition against torture and other ill-treatment, the contexts and consequences in which they occur and effective measures to prevent them.’
The report reflects on the targeted areas identified for review and offers a ‘set of procedural standards and safeguards from the perspective of the prohibition of torture or other ill-treatment that should, as a matter of law and policy, be applied, at a minimum, to all cases of deprivation of liberty’.
It contains specific recommendations aimed at updating the Rules to ensure the humane treatment of persons in detention and advocates for their effective implementation at the global level.
Download the report.
PRI has been engaging intensively in the revision process. Find out more here.