The Rights of Prisoners: An Overview

JRED, Vol.2, No. 9, May 2014

4 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 17, 2015


The present discussion is an attempt to explore the use of economic, social and cultural rights mechanisms, and those within civil and political rights, as they engage the rights of prisoners, and identifies the minimum legal obligations of governments in order to remain compliant with human rights norms as defined within the international case law. In addressing these issues, this article adopts a holistic approach to the definition of the highest attainable standard of prisoners’ rights. This includes a consideration of adequate standards of general medical care, including preventative health and mental health services. It also examines the question of environmental health, and those poor conditions of detention that may exacerbate health decline, disease transmission, mental illness or death. It examines the approach to prison rights of the United Nations human rights system and its various monitoring bodies, as well as the regional human rights systems in India. Based upon this analysis, the paper draws conclusions were drawn on the current fulfilment of the rights of prisoners.

Keywords: Rights of Prisoners, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Suggested Citation

Srinivasan, S., The Rights of Prisoners: An Overview (December 17, 2015). JRED, Vol.2, No. 9, May 2014. Available at SSRN:

S. Srinivasan (Contact Author)

Bharathidasan University ( email )

Tamil Nadu

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