Oscar Pistorius' family say his rights are being "undermined" by delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest.

Speaking out for the first time over the drawn out saga of Pistorius' release, his family said in a statement Tuesday that they are "disconcerted by the constant delays." They said the publicity surrounding Pistorius' case had "undermined his right to be treated like any other prisoner."

Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence after being convicted of culpable homicide for shooting to death his girlfriend in 2013.

Pistorius was approved for early release, but South Africa's justice minister blocked it and ordered a review. On Monday, officials canceled Pistorius' release and sent his case to a parole board for reconsideration.