The 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Kjaerum says states need greater respect for human rights in the criminal justice system

In his opening remarks today during a workshop at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, RWI’s director, Morten Kjaerum, called on states to ensure that the standards meant to promote respect for human rights in the criminal justice system have an impact on prison populations.

“Member states must also develop the necessary systems, structures, mechanisms and tools allowing for these standards to come into effect,” he said. “This is the challenge. But the international community can play an important role in providing such support to member states.”

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is organising one of the four official congress workshops, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI).

The objective of this workshop is to take a closer look at how the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice can support effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems.

The workshop will, over one and a half days, bring together representatives of international organisations, ministry officials, practitioners, and academics and civil society representatives from around the globe to discuss international trends, experiences and best practices regarding treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration of women and children in conflict with the law.

Kjaerum emphasised that the biggest measurements for a society committed to being human rights based lies in the way it treats persons in conflict with the law, and in particular persons deprived of their liberty.

In his closing remarks, he called for cooperation on a broad scale. “No matter what part of the system we are working in, we all have an obligation to ensure that we do our very best to have the most fair, humane and effective criminal justice system possible,” he said.

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