A representative of the National Preventive Mechanism talked about the way in which the NPM uses the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) to participants in the side event "Torture and Nelson Mandela Rules", organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and PRI (Penal reform international).

The side event was held within the HDIM (Human Dimension Implementation Meeting), which is considered to be the Europe‚Äôs largest annual human rights conference, organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). This year, the conference was held in Warsaw from 11 to 22 September 2017. and was attended by representatives of member states, as well as numerous international experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations and human rights activists.

Beside the NPM activities, on this side event prof. Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), presented the implementation of the Nelson Mandela Rules by the Committee and the relationship between Rules and standards established by this Committee. Also, PRI and ODIHR have presented guidance documents and other tools currently available to support states and prison authorities in the implementation of the Mandela Rules.