Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners and Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

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Canada’s commitments: In 1975, Canada endorsed the SMRs and committed itself to full compliance and implementation.

Adoption: Adopted at the First United Nations (UN) Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in 1955.

Entry into force: SMRs are not legally binding

Number of signatories and ratifications: All UN Member States are encouraged to implement the SMRs in the administration of correctional institutions and to consider incorporating them in relevant legislation.

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