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ICPA is committed to respecting and promoting human rights in corrections. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the foundation of a rights respecting correctional system. International rules and norms, such as those articulated by the Council of Europe, together with United Nations statements and declarations including the Bangkok Rules, the Mandela Rules, the Beijing Rules, the Tokyo Rules and the Convention on the Rights of the Child provide a framework for safe and secure correctional operations that protect the rights of individuals and promote humane conditions of confinement and supervision. Taken together, these rules, conventions and declarations provide a starting point to ensure legal, gendered and culturally appropriate correctional practice. The respect for the life of every person is a fundamental value that is to be expressed through promoting physical, mental and moral well-being in all policies, programs, regulations and activities.
This founding statement of ICPA was approved by the ICPA Board on 7th March 2018 and ratified by the members of the Corporation on the Annual General Meeting Montreal 23 October 2018.