Palestinian inmates enjoy ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’

To promote best international standards for imprisonment, EUPOL COPPS Penitentiary Advisers have been working with the Correction and Rehabilitation Centre Department (CRCD) of the Palestinian Civil Police since 2007.

The CRCD is mindful to include the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ when it comes to treatment and conditions for inmates. These rules have to do with what is generally accepted as being good principles and practice in the treatment of prisoners and prison management. To highlight the occasion, the CRCD observed today, Thursday 18 July 2019, the Nelson Mandela International Day in order to promote the principles that were set out by the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for freedom.

The 122 rules touch upon all conditions of imprisonment, ranging from prisoner file management to Health-care services. With the support of EUPOL COPPS, the CRCD has included the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ in all its procedures -- from their strategic plan to the standard operational plans.

To exemplify, the CRCD has referral to the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ in their operational plan, in relation to their Juvenile inmates, in visible notices and in regular internal inspections. The occasion is meant to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being continuous members of society, and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.

Photo: EUPOL COPPS Penitentiary Advisers, Leen Swaegers (left) and Anna Dahlgren (right) with Colonel Meqdad Suleiman (center) posing for a photo opportunity on the occasion of Nelson Mandala Day.