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Maldives to ensure ‘Nelson Mandela rules’ for prisoners

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said his government has begun work to launch the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ for the just treatment of prisoners.
Feb 8, 2019
MALE: Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said his government has begun work to launch the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ for the just treatment of prisoners.  
 
Solih, a former parliamentarian, was addressing the session of parliament on Thursday for the first time since assuming the office of President in November 2018, the Maldives Times reported.
 
Noting that no one should be deprived of their basic rights “even if in custody,” Solih said that his administration has begun work to improve the country’s correctional facilities and is working on bringing the necessary changes to the prison system, to standards of the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules.’
 
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, or ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’, were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

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