Prisoner Rights

Titlesort descending Author Abstract
Comprehensive NPM Assessment Checklist Association for the Prevention of Torture This guide proposes 46 criteria for determining whether National Preventive Measures against torture uphold minimum requirements for enforcing the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against...
"Rights of the Accused" Abdolfatah Soltani, Mahnaz Parakandeh This resource is only in Persian.
Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners United Nations This UN resolution, adopted on December 14, 1990, outlines the way that prisoners should be treated according to international law.
Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment United Nations The Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment was dopted by the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1988. It contains detailed provisions for the...
Deadly Fatwa: Iran's 1988 Prison Massacre This report documents and analyzes the Iranian government’s massacre of political prisoners in 1988. Pursuant to a fatwa issued by then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, the government...
Death Penalty, the Ultimate Punishment Amnesty International This campaigning toolkit provided by Amnesty International explores the issues surrounding the death penalty, serving as a valuable resource for human rights defenders and lawyers. The toolkit is...
Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power - This Declaration was adopted by General Assembly on November 29, 1985.
Establishment and Designation of National Preventative Measures Association for the Prevention of Torture This guide proposes a framework for reducing the prevalence of torture by supporting transparency in institutions, effective legal frameworks and capacity strengthening. The chapters provide legal...
Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors - These UN guidelines, adopted in 1990, were the first international attempt to define the role of the public prosecutor. They are addressed to states and are concerned with state action and do not...
Healing the Hurt - A Guide for Developing Services for Torture Survivors was developed by The Center for Victims of Torture as a multidisciplinary guide that addresses some basic considerations when working with this...
Human Rights and Pre-Trial Detention United Nations This handbook on international standards relating to pre-trial dentenion is issued by the United Nations Center for Human Rights and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch. The handbook offers...
Istanbul Protocol: Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) This manual from the United National Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides useful information for medical and legal practitioners working with torture victims. The manual provides...
Legal Commentary: A Look at Criminal Procedure in Iran Benham Daraeizadeh This legal commentary details the structure and phases of criminal investigations and case procedures in the Iranian judicial system, including the attorney’s role within each of these stages. The...
Locked Up in Karaj: Spotlight on Political Prisoners in One Iranian City The 59-page report is based on a review of 189 cases in three prisons in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran, including the charges they faced, details of their trials before revolutionary...
Making Standards Work: An International Handbook on Good Prison Practice - This handbook written by Penal Reform International presents an overview of the UN rules on prison conditions and treatment of prisoners and explains their value and meaning for prison policy and...
Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) United Nations This important addition to the 1984 UN Convention Against Torture sets a comprehensive legal framework for ensuring government transparency on treatment of prisoners. The OPCAT establishes...
Philosophical Origins of Torture Ahmad Faal This article discusses the consequences of the events in our lives on the soul and conscience and how the conscience responds. This resource is only available in Persian.
Preventing Torture: An Operational Guide for National Human Rights Institutions Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) This training guide provides tools for national human rights institutions (NHRI) to implement and monitor legal frameworks against torture in their countries. The guide instructs NHRIs to...
Principles of Medical Ethics United Nations The resolution on "Principles of Medical Ethics Relevant to the Role of Health Personnel, Particularly Physicians, in the Protection of Prisoners and Detainees Against Torture, and Other Cruel,...
Principles on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment United Nations This international law, recommended by the United Nations General Assembly on 4 December 2000, outlines the illegal use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Prisoners’ Rights Mehrangiz Kar This article discusses prisoners’ rights in the context of the new civilization and culture of human rights. This resource is only available in Persian.
Sexual Torture of Women Political Prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran Based on a submission by Justice for Iran (JFI) on sexual violence in the Islamic Republic, the October 2013 report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor Rashida Manjoo to...
Some Observations on the State of Prisons in Contemporary Iran Anna Enayat Many of the numerous accounts over the past thirty years of the failure of the Iranian judiciary to observe due process and the principles of a fair trial, the use of torture and poor prison...
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners United Nations The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners were adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in 1955 and approved by the...
Surviving Rape in Iran's Prisons This report documents the ordeals of five former prisoners – two women and three men – who provide their first-hand accounts of being raped, witnessing rape or being threatened with rape during their...
The Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran, 1988 Geoffrey Robertson Late in July 1988, as the war with Iraq was ending in a truculent truce, prisons in Iran crammed with government opponents suddenly went into lockdown. All family visits were cancelled, televisions...
The Report of Iran’s Prisons Status in 2007 - This is a report on the situation of prisons in Iran in the year 2007. This resource is only available in Persian.
United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty United Nations The UN Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, adopted by the General Assembly in December 1990, "are intended to establish minimum standards accepted by the United Nations...
Violence Against Political Prisoners Mahnaz Parakand Violence begins at the earliest stages of legal proceedings against those accused or imprisoned on charges of political activism and it continues through all stages of investigation and judgement....
What is a Fair Trial?: A Basic Guide to Legal Standards and Practice Lawyers Committee for Human Rights This guide deals with two separate but linked issues that the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and other NGOs face in their trial monitoring activities: the basic legal standards in trial...
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