Human rights in the administration of justice (A/RES/67/166)


Human rights in the administration of justice

The General Assembly,

Bearing in mind the principles embodied in articles 3, 5, 8, 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights1 and the relevant provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocols thereto,in particular articles 6, 7, 9 and 10 of the Covenant, the Convention on the Rights of the Child,in particular articles 37, 39 and 40, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,as well as all other relevant international treaties,

Calling attention to the numerous international standards in the field of the administration of justice,

Recalling all the resolutions of the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, the Commission on Human Rights and the Economic and Social Council that are relevant to the subject of human rights in the administration of justice, including General Assembly resolutions 62/158 of 18 December 2007 and 65/213 of 21 December 2010, and Human Rights Council resolutions 10/2 of 25 March 2009 and 18/12 of 29 September 2011,

Recalling also General Assembly resolution 67/1 of 24 September 2012 entitled “Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels”,

Welcoming the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,and encouraging all States that have not done so to consider signing, ratifying or acceding to the Convention,

Welcoming also the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules),

Welcoming further the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems,

Taking note of general comments No. 21, on the humane treatment of prisoners deprived of their liberty, and No. 32, on the right to equality before courts and tribunals and to a fair trial, adopted by the Human Rights Committee, and general comments No. 10, on children’s rights in juvenile justice, and No. 13, on the rights of the child to freedom from all forms of violence, adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child,

Noting with appreciation the important work in the field of the administration of justice of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the Secretariat and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) as well as the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict,

Noting with satisfaction the work of the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice and of its members, in particular their coordination in providing technical advice and assistance in juvenile justice, and the active participation of civil society in their respective work, (...)