On 21 December 2010 the UN General Assembly (GA) took an important step towards meeting the needs and characteristics of women in the criminal justice system. By adopting Resolution A/RES/65/229, without a vote, the GA approved the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (known as the ‘Bangkok Rules’, in recognition of the leading role which the Thai Government, under the direction of Her Royal Highness, Princess Bajrakitiyabha, played in their promotion and adoption).
The Rules supplement but do not replace the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Non-custodial Measures (the ‘Tokyo Rules’).PRI and QUNO participated in the development of the rules, and warmly welcome the result.
By issuing this briefing, we hope to encourage their dissemination and implementation.
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