Human rights in the administration of justice

21 August 2019
Issued by:
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
At the 45th session of the HRC


This report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 36/16.


One of the main causes of serious injury as well as death in situations of deprivation of liberty are acts of violence and the use of force by corrections officers, police officers and other officials that come into contact with persons deprived of their liberty.

The High Commissioner addresses the intersection between situations of deprivation of liberty and violence, death and serious injury. The High Commissioner examines the vertical, horizontal and environmental causes of violence, death and serious injury in situations of deprivation of liberty. The High Commissioner then considers measures that should be taken to address such incidents, including measures to ensure accountability, as well as other practical measures and good practices.