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Saturday, November 22, 2014

US Government went Before UN Committee Against Torture & Defend Solitary Confinement

On Nov 12th and 13th, the U.S. Government went before the U.N. Committee Against Torture for a periodic review. Here follow a few Shadow Reports submitted to the U.N. reporting on the torturous practice of Solitary Confinement used in the U.S.A.:

First, an introduction to the matter:
From Dissenter / Firedoglake, Nov 11th, 2014:

US Government to Go Before UN Committee Against Torture & Defend Solitary Confinement

During a periodic review of the country’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture, the United States is expected to go before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva and defend the use of solitary confinement.

On November 12 and 13, the committee will scrutinize President Barack Obama’s administration and its compliance with the treaty.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture defines [PDF] solitary confinement as “physical and social isolation of individuals who are confined to their cells for 22 to 24 hours a day.” The UN has been particularly concerned about “prolonged solitary confinement,” which is a “period of solitary confinement in excess of 15 days.” This is when “some of the harmful psychological effects of isolation can become irreversible.”

Also, the Special Rapporteur expressed concern in 2011 that “super maximum security” prisons “impose solitary confinement as a normal, rather than an ‘exceptional,’ practice for inmates.”

Read the rest here.

Following are Shadow Reports submitted to the U.N. Committee Against Torture:

The Torture of Solitary Confinement in the United States: The Example of New York State
Shadow Report of the Correctional Association of NY to the U.N. Committee Against Torture, 53 rd Session
September 22, 2014

THE USE OF PROLONGED SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN UNITED STATES
PRISON S, JAILS, AND DETENTION CENTERS
Shadow Report Submission to the Committee on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Review of the United States of America
November 2014

REPORTING ORGANIZATIONS:
This report is submitted by the Center for  Constitutional Rights (CCR), Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), and California Prison Focus (CPF).

Children in Adult Jails and Prisons
Shadow Report to theU.N. Committee Against Torture
September 22, 2014

Submitted by:
- International Women’s Human Rights Clinic
- City University of New York Law School
- ACLU Michigan/Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative
- Campaign for Youth Justice
- Correctional Association of New York
- The Project on Addressing Prison Rape
- American University, Washington College of Law
- University of Miami Human Rights Clinic

Torture in U.S. Prisons: Interfaith Religious Coalition Calls for End to Widespread Use of Prolonged Solitary Confinement
September 2014
A Shadow Report Prepared for the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Connection to its Review of the United States Compliance with the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Submitted by:
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)


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