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NCJ Number: 66511 Find in a Library
Title: TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT - CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS - ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AGENDA ITEM 88 (C), 34TH SESSION, NOVEMBER 27TH, 1979
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: United Nations
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Nations
Annotation: THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS THE TEXT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS PROHIBITING TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, AND DEGRADING TREATMENT.
Abstract: THIS SPECIFIC CODE, BASED ON THE GENERAL UNITED NATIONS PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, OUTLINES THE PREREQUISITES FOR THE HUMANE PERFORMANCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNCTIONS. ITS PROVISIONS ARE RECOMMENDED TO SERVE AS A FRAMEWORK FOR NATIONAL LEGISLATION AND PRACTICES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. THE CODE CONSISTS OF 8 ARTICLES DELINEATING LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES. SUCH OFFICIALS ARE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY PROTECTING ALL PERSONS AGAINST ILLEGAL ACTS WHILE RESPECTING HUMAN DIGNITY AND MAINTAINING AND UPHOLDING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS. MOREOVER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS MAY USE FORCE ONLY WHEN STRICTLY NECESSARY, AND MATTERS OF A CONFIDENTIAL NATURE ARE TO BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL UNLESS THE PERFORMANCE OF DUTY OR THE NEEDS OF JUSTICE REQUIRE OTHERWISE. NO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL MAY INFLICT, INSTIGATE, OR TOLERATE ANY ACT OF TORTURE OR OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS MUST ENSURE THE FULL PROTECTION OF THE HEALTH OF PERSONS IN THEIR CUSTODY; THEY MAY NOT COMMIT ANY ACT OF CORRUPTION AND THEY MUST RESPECT THE LAW AND THIS CODE. ARTICLES OF THE CODE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY COMMENTARY EXPLICATIVE OF THE BASIC PROVISION. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Human rights violations; International law; Police legal limitations; Police responsibilities; Professional conduct and ethics; United Nations (UN)
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