International Council of Nurses, Position Statement, The Nurses' Role in the Care of Prisoners and Detainees (1998).
The International Council of Nurses (ICN)
endorses the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
1948 and the Geneva Convention of 1949 1
and the additional protocols. ICN therefore asserts that:
The United Nations Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, 1948, states that everyone is entitled to all the
rights and freedoms without distinction of race, colour, sex, language,
religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property,
birth or other status, and no one shall be subjected to cruel, inhumane
or degrading treatment.
The Geneva Convention of 1949 and the additional protocols, in case of armed conflict entitle members of armed forces, prisoners and persons taking no part in hostilities to protection and humane treatment.
Adopted in 1998
(Replaces previous ICN Position: “The
Nurse’s Role in the Care of Detainees and Prisoners”, adopted 1975) Related
ICN Positions:· Nurses and Human Rights.· Rights of Children·
Nuclear war· Torture, Death Penalty and participation by Nurses
The International Council of Nurses is a federation of more than 120 national nurses' associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN is the international voice of nursing and works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
Related ICN Positions:· Nurses and
Human Rights.· Rights of Children· Nuclear war· Torture,
Death Penalty and participation by Nurses in Executions