Austrian Resolution on Human Rights in the Administration of Justice gets adopted by Third Committee with consensus, 20 November 2012
On 20 November, the General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted the resolution on “Human Rights in the Administration of Justice”, presented by Austria, by consensus and with a total of 72 cosponsors.
Individuals are most vulnerable when facing criminal justice and are in need of protection of their human rights. Furthermore, the promotion and protection of human rights of persons deprived of their liberty as contained in applicable international human rights norms and standards are essential prerequisites for the rule of law and good governance. In recognition of this fact, Austria traditionally presents a resolution which aims at strengthening human rights in the administration of justice every two years in the General Assembly (and every other year in the Human Rights Council). This year’s resolution focuses on the situation of persons deprived of their liberty and detention conditions in general, as well as on juvenile justice and children in detention.
The resolution touches on a number of issues pertinent to persons deprived of their liberty, inter alia overcrowding, freedom from torture and conditions of detention that do not amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Regarding juvenile justice, the resolution recalls for example the absolute prohibition of the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole as well as the need to establish a minimum age for criminal responsibility or the specific needs for children affected by armed conflict when facing justice.”