Ten years after the adoption of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules), the number of women in prison globally has continued to rise dramatically. By 2020, an estimated 741,000 women were incarcerated worldwide, compared to 636,000 in 2010. The global female prison population is estimated to have increased by about 59% from 2000 to 2020. This worrying trend has been fuelled by the harshly punitive drug laws adopted at the end of the 20th century.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the Bangkok Rules, this video, produced by Dejusticia together with PRI and several other partners, describes the ways in which punitive drug legislation has impacted upon the achievement of the Bangkok Rules, and offers several recommendations on how to translate the commitments set in the Bangkok Rules into drug policy.
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