Ghislaine Maxwell’s family alleges her New York prison conditions violate United Nations ‘Nelson Mandela rules’ by subjecting her to ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’
- Ghislaine Maxwell’s family says her circumstances violate Nelson Mandela rules
- Maxwell, 59, is in custody on charges of recruiting underage girls
- Relatives say her treatment in a New York prison could violate the UN agreement
Ghislaine Maxwell’s family says her prison conditions violate Nelson Mandela rules by subjecting her to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
Maxwell, 59, is in custody on charges of recruiting underage girls for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.
Relatives say her treatment in a New York prison could violate the United Nations Agreement on Prisoner Care.
A Twitter account of her siblings, called ‘Real Ghislaine’, posted: ‘Under the United Nations’ standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners adopted in 2015 -‘ ‘The Nelson Mandela Rules’ – with the US party, Ghislaine ”is subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was refused bail for the fifth time on Wednesday pending trial on charges of allegedly recruiting teenage girls for millionaire Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse. She is pictured in an April 23 court sketch 23
A Twitter account of her siblings posted: ‘Under the United Nations’ standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners adopted in 2015 -”The Nelson Mandela Rules”- to which the US is a party is Ghislaine’ “subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
Maxwell, 59, is in custody on charges of recruiting underage girls for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019
‘Nelson Mandela Rules’
In Geneva, 1955, the UN approved the standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners, before a mandate for revision was granted by the General Assembly in 2011.
In Cape Town, South Africa, all revisions were agreed in 2015 after a four-year review process.
They were subsequently ratified and approved by the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Commission and the Economic and Social Council, and adopted by the General Assembly.
A resolution passed that the principles should be known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ to honor the legacy of the late South African president, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle against apartheid.
In December 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the revised rules as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
The 122 Rules cover many aspects of prison maintenance and outline minimum standards for the treatment of detainees, whether pending trial or convicted.
They provide advice on virtually all aspects of prison management, from admission and classification to the prohibition of torture and restrictions on solitary confinement.
There are also guidelines for health care, recruitment and training of prison staff, and disciplinary sanctions.
The United Nations’ 122 rules for dealing with prison management are named in honor of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who was subjected to forced labor and small prison cells without beds during his 27 years in prison.
Social media users were not incredibly receptive to the Maxwell family’s post.
One of them said: ‘She has access to a shower, a laptop and calls her lawyers. She’s a multimillionaire with well-paid lawyers.’
On Wednesday, Maxwell was denied bail for the fifth time pending trial on charges of allegedly recruiting teenage girls for millionaire Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse.
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has issued a brief injunction dismissing Maxwell’s latest petition. The panel of three judges that issued it went no further.
The appeals court had previously rejected a bail request, and its trial judge had said no three times.
According to her lawyers, Maxwell has been languishing in less than ideal conditions in a Brooklyn prison since her arrest on July 2, 2020.
In the latest bail search, Maxwell’s lawyers asked the appeals court to at least order the lower court judge to hold a hearing where evidence related to bail could be shown. The 2nd Circuit rejected that too.
She pleaded not guilty to charges, including sex trafficking and conspiracy, alleging that she recruited at least four women to Epstein for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell’s lawyers have alleged she was assaulted in a federal prison in Brooklyn, although prosecutors dispute the charges.