Following Bradley Manning’s conviction on espionage charges, the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) says:
“We stand in solidarity with Bradley Manning and call for the government to take heed and end its assault on the First Amendment.”
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During Bradley Manning’s first five months at Quantico, his lawyers say, he was held in “the functional equivalent of solitary confinement,” confined to a six-by-eight-foot cell for more than 23 and a half hours each day. They say this and other “egregious” conditions amounted to illegal pretrial punishment, in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the U.S. Constitution. They plan to ask a military judge to dismiss all the charges against him.
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Supermax prisons in Victoria, Australia, exacerbate mental illness according to a confidential report to the State Government.
Prison unit exacerbates mental illness
The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights and other human rights groups will be holding a national strategic convening on solitary confinement and human rights in Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago on Friday 9 November.
Solitary Confinement & Mental Health
A small concession from the Turkish Government – but Kurdish Prisoners are continuing their 8 week hunger strike, demanding an end to the solitary confinement of Abdullah Ocalan and a start to peace talks, and the the right to education and legal defence in the Kurdish language
Turkey Set to Allow Use of Kurdish in Courts
Northern Ireland President Gerry Adams tells the US “Marian Price McGlinchey has been held in virtual solitary confinement by the British Government since her arrest in May 2011.”
Sinn Féin Calls For Marian Price Release
The European Network to Support Rights of Palestinian Prisoners (UFree) condemns the renewed solitary confinement of Palestinian-Ukrainian prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi.
Solitary Confinement of Abu Sisi
A social worker says up to six children are being kept in solitary confinement in a maximum-security adult prison in Victoria, Australia.
Teens ‘in solitary confinement’ in Australian jail
“Out of the 168 hours in a week, we are out of our cell 6 hours. If that ain’t a form of torture, I don’t know what is.”
New report: Solitary Confinement in North Carolina
More than 3,000 prisoners in California are held in high security isolation units. Amnesty International says that conditions in these units amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
The Edge of Endurance