U.N. panel adopts new rules on treatment of prisoners

May 22, 2015 3:23 PM

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VIENNA A United Nations commission on Friday adopted revised rules on the treatment of prisoners in what human rights organizations hailed as a landmark deal to update 60-year-old international standards.

The so-called Mandela Rules, named for the late South African leader and former political prisoner Nelson Mandela, now go to the U.N. General Assembly for final approval.

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