The staff memeber of the National Preventive Mechanism Secretariat (NPM) attended the Summer School "Detention monitoring applying the UN Nelson Mandela Rules", which was organized from 13 - 18 August this year at the University of Bristol by the international nongovernmental organization Penal Reform International and Association for the Prevention of Torture, and also the Human Rights Implementation Centre, which was established within the University.
The school was dedicated to NPM members and employees and aimed to increase the capacity of participants to monitor the application of Nelson Mandela rules. The training was attended by representatives of the NPM of 20 countries from different parts of the world. The school provided the opportunity to meet and network with experts in the field and representatives from other NPMs.
The lecturers were eminent experts in the area of torture prevention, including university professors, former and current members of international bodies dealing with the prevention of torture, heads and members of the NPMs and representatives of the civil sector. During the program, the participants were trained on the key provisions of the Rules, in order to assess whether the terms of detention are in accordance with them.
Nelson Mandela rules are the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which were revised by the General Assembly Resolution from 2015. and then named after the President of the Republic of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace.