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Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules, Treffen 28. Januar 2019: UNODC-Exekutivdirektor Yury Fedotov, Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle, Botschafter Tebogo Seokolo, Südafrika

Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules, Treffen 28. Januar 2019: UNODC-Exekutivdirektor Yury Fedotov, Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle, Botschafter Tebogo Seokolo, Südafrika, © Ständige Vertretung

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Vienna, 28 January 2019: The „Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules“ met to symbolically present a pair of Nelson Mandela's shoes to Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).


Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules, Treffen 28. Januar 2019
Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules, Treffen 28. Januar 2019© Ständige Vertretung


The Nelson Mandela Rules provide international minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. The Group of Friends is co-chaired by South Africa and Germany. Germany is a major donor to UNODC (981,800 US dollars since 2016) for implementation projects in this regard.



Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules, Treffen 28. Januar 2019
Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules, Treffen 28. Januar 2019© Ständige Vertretung


At the meeting Ambassador Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle requested the implementation of the Nelson Mandela Rules in prisons worldwide: „It is now of great importance to ensure their application in all Member States of the United Nations. To this end, the rules must be, where necessary, transposed into national law and finally into practice in the prisons.“


Statement Ambassador Küntzle



It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. (Nelson Mandela)


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