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Compendium of United Nations Norms in Criminal Justice

  • Robert W. Schaaf


Included among the documentation prepared for the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana August 27-September 7, 1990, is an item that should be of interest to readers of this journal. This is a Compendium of United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Issued with the date May 11, 1990, the document carries the symbol A/CONF.144/INF.2 and covers 140 pages. Part I on “Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice” includes the text of 22 norms and standards and runs to 80 pages. Part II, entitled “Human Rights,” is not detailed here, but includes the texts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two International Covenants—on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and on Civil and Political Rights (instruments collectively known as the International Bill of Human Rights). Also included in Part II are the two optional protocols to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, the recently adopted Convention on the Rights of the Child (see below) and two other norms concerning the rights of prisoners.



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* Robert W. Schaaf, Senior Specialist in United Nations and International Documents, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


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