advice on ECHR decision
1 November 2010 at 9:48 AM #2681displayname254Participant
I already wrote here about an interesting decision from ECHR Bazjaks v. Latvia.
Now I am in the process of writing an analytical article on this, focusing on why prisoners need to be treated humanely and with respect to their human rights (not a very popular stance in Latvia, I must admit). If you have any advice – other similar ECHR decisions, articles, opinions, angles of the question – please do let me know. All help is deeply appreciated.3 November 2010 at 12:07 PM #5673displayname224Participant
What angle, discipline etc. does your article come from?
I’m not an expert in prisoner treatment, but wrote my thesis on ECtHR in comparative law, so would be really happy to read your article.
Dara10 November 2010 at 7:36 AM #5674displayname208Participant
This is a (hopefully not too) late reply, I wrote a paper about HR requirements and considerations for the construction of police stations for GTZ not too long ago; obviously the focus was different nad more technical, but some of the sources might be useful, I paste the list of sources below! I am sure you came across this one: Rodley, Nigel S. (2002): The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law. Oxford/New York. (apparently the ‘bible’ in the field I was told). From a philosophical angle, Michel Focault’s Naissance de la prison (Discipline and Punish) could be a good starting point. And King’s College London has a centre on prison studies: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/law/research/icps. Furthermore, this is a NGO in that field that should do analysis of case law too: http://www.penalreform.org/
Cheers and good luck with the paper,
Human rights conventions
Council of Europe (1987): European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment http://www.cpt.coe.int/EN/documents/ecpt.htm
Council of Europe (1950): European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/Commun/QueVoulezVous.asp?NT=005&CL=ENG
United Nations (1984): Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cat.htm
United Nations (1989): Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm
United Nations (1966): International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
United Nations (1966): International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) http://www2.ohchr.orgenglishlawcescr.htm
United Nations (1948): Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Interpretations of human rights law
Council of Europe (2006): Recommendation Rec(2006)2 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the European Prison Rules https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=955747
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) (2006): The CPT Standards. “Substantive” Sections of the CPT Reports. CPT/Inf/E. 2006. http://www.cpt.coe.int/en/documents/eng-standards-prn.pdf
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) (2007): Report to the Georgian Government on the visit to Georgia from 21 March to 2 April 2007. CPT/Inf (2007) 42 http://www.cpt.coe.int/documents/geo/2007-42-inf-eng.htm.
European Court of Human Rights Application No. 39042/97 (2003): Case Kuznetsov v. Ukraine http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/view.asp?action=html&documentId=698937&portal=hbkm&source=externalbydocnumber&table=F69A27FD8FB86142BF01C1166DEA398649
United Nations Committee against Torture (2003): A/58/44, Report of the Committee against Torture. http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/reports.htm
United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders / Economic and Social Council (1957): Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, Geneva. http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/treatmentprisoners.htm
United Nations General Assembly (1988): Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment, A/RES/43/173 http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/43/a43r173.htm
United Nations Human Rights Committee (1992): General Comment Nr. 20 on ICCPR Art. 7: Prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf/(Symbol)/6924291970754969c12563ed004c8ae5?Opendocument
United Nations Human Rights Committee (1992): General Comment Nr. 21 on ICCPR Art. 10: Humane treatment of persons deprived of their liberty http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf/(Symbol)/3327552b9511fb98c12563ed004cbe59?Opendocument
United Nations Human Rights Committee (2004): A/60/40(Vol. I), Report of the Human Rights Committee. http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf/(Symbol)/2b2edb1d2d31e00bc12571030030ceb8?Opendocument
Tools, guidebooks and other sources relating to detention facilities
American Correctional Association (ACA) (2003): Standards for Adult Correction Institutions, 4th Edition, Physical Plant Section. In: ISPAC/ICPA (2004), Appendix B. http://www.icpa.ca/tools/download/389/ISPAC-ICPA_Planning_Manual.pdf (registration required) DMS link: https://dms.gtz.de/livelink-ger/livelink.exe?func=ll&objaction=overview&objid=58388110
Coyle, Andrew (2002): A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management. Handbook for Prison Staff. London: International Centre for Prison Studies. http://www.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/pdf/pdf2/fco_pdf_prisonreformhandbook
de Rover, Cees/ International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (1998): To Serve and to Protect. Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for Police and Security Forces. Geneva. http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/p0698/$File/ICRC_002_0698.PDF!Open
International Centre for Prison Studies (2004): Guidance Notes on Prison Reform. London. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/law/research/icps/downloads.php?searchtitle=guidance+notes&type=0&month=0&year=0&lang=0&author=&search=Search [to be downloaded one by one by topic].
International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) (2010): International Standards that Relate to Detentions, Corrections, and Prisons. INPROL Consolidated Response (10-002). http://inprol.org/wp-content/uploads/CR10002.pdf.
International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program (ISPAC) / International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) (2004): Correction Facilities Needs Assessment and Master Planning. http://www.icpa.ca/tools/download/389/ISPAC-ICPA_Planning_Manual.pdf (registration required) DMS link: https://dms.gtz.de/livelink-ger/livelink.exe?func=ll&objaction=overview&objid=58388110
Penal Reform International (2001): Making Standards Work. An International Handbook on Good Prison Practice. London. http://www.penalreform.org/publications/making-standards-work-international-handbook-good-prison-practice
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (2006): Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States. Mapping the Justice Sector. New York/Geneva. http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/RuleoflawMappingen.pdf
Planning Manual. A Fast Track Guide for Officials in Developing Nations. Columbia. http://www.icpa.ca/tools/download/389/ISPAC-ICPA_Planning_Manual.pdf
Rodley, Nigel S. (2002): The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law. Oxford/New York.
United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (2006): Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit. Vienna/New York. http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/justice-and-prison-reform/Criminal-Justice-Toolkit.html
UN Peace Keeping Operations, Best Practice Section: (2006) Prison Support Guidance Manual, New York. http://www.unrol.org/wp-content/uploads/FinalPrisonGuidanceManual20April2006.pdf17 February 2011 at 6:51 PM #5705displayname254Participant
Thanks for helping! The article was written in Latvian and was published here (maybe you can get some sense of it with google translate) – http://www.politika.lv/temas/cilvektiesibas/cilvektiesibu_robezas_cietuma_sienas/
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