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Revising the Global Standards for Treatment of Prisoners

The U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRs), first drafted in 1955, are outdated, and U.N. member states have spent five years negotiating significant updates to the code that were unanimously approved in May by the U.N. Crime Commission. The new rules include greater restrictions on the use of solitary confinement and physical restraints for prisoners, and new standards for health care, and the treatment of women and of disabled prisoners. The rules are to be submitted for approval to the U.N. General Assembly this fall. At the USIP forum, panelists discussed the significance of updating the SMRs and their experiences during the negotiation process. They also examined how best to ensure implementation of the new rules, which represent guidelines rather than a legally binding instrument for member states. Panelists took questions from the audience, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Luis Arreaga provided concluding remarks.

Atlanta Global Health Summit: Latin America and the Caribbean pt2

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, in partnership with CARE and Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hosted the fourth annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health: Latin America & the Caribbean, June 1 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel.  The event highlights a decade’s worth of health gains in the region, while focusing on barriers that still limit access to health services, thwart the treatment of chronic diseases and hinder efforts to end the illegal drug trade.

Security in Central America

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Luis E. Arreaga participates in a LiveAtState on U.S. Security Policy in Central America on May 7, 2015. More»

U.S. Drug Policy at Home and Abroad

Assistant Secretary Brownfield and ONDCP Director Botticelli participated in a discussion at the Center for Strategic & International Studies on U.S. policy approaches to drug policy at home and abroad.


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