n Law, Democracy & Development - The role of the Inspecting Judge in dealing with human rights in prisons

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



On 27 April 1994 South Africa's first free and universal election was held. An interim Bill of Rights was approved and on Human Rights Day, 21 March 1997, our final Bill of Rights came into operation. safeguarding the fundamental rights of all people in this country. One of those rights was the right to have one's inherent dignity respected and protected. This is expressly extended to prisoners who are entitled "to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including at least exercise and the provision of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material and medical treatment".

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