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JUAN E. MENDEZ Contributed to The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Jun. 20, 2016 6:00AM EDT Juan E. Mendez is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. International law regarding the right to personal integrity prohibits physical as well as mental torture and that prohibition is absolute: it recognizes no exception based on an emergency or other circumstance. Equally absolute is the prohibition on any form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, which covers pain or suffering – also of either physical or mental nature – that is less severe than torture and not necessarily inflicted with intent.
The number of children in custody who are restrained has more than doubled in the last five years, according to research.A report by the Howard League for Penal Reform on the use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching in child units in
The justice system has put many people in jails and prisons on phony charges. Some have spent decades in prison and some have been put to death. There are people who are helping them get retrials and beat the charges. We will talk about the Innocence Project, the Ronnie Long Project and the Central Park Jogger case. Call in at 914-803-4571.
On June 21, 1964 three civil rights workers—two White and one Black—went missing in Mississippi. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner were murdered while volunteering to register Black voters during Freedom Summer. On June 20, 2016, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood officially closed the state’s latest investigation in the deaths of the three civil-rights workers. “There’s nothing else we can do,” Hood said during a press conference. “Unless some other witnesses come forward, for history purposes the Mississippi Burning case is closed.” http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thedai... http://www.wochit.com
Jaquan Melton fell asleep in the church’s fallout shelter, amid lockers and Clorox cleaning supplies, while the adoptive mother who abandoned him continued to receive $700 a month from the government to care for him.
Granting more clemencies could be a powerful way for President Obama to fight mass incarceration—but there isn’t much time left. That’s the message a group of 41 criminal justice activists, lawyers, and law professors sent the president in an open letter Tuesday. The group includes author Michelle Alexander, former administration official Van Jones, and the … http://fusion.net/story/317066/obama-... http://www.wochit.com
By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway The Correctional Association of New York recently released Voices from Clinton, a report detailing the abuse and isolation many of the incarcerated people at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, face. (See accompanying post.) The report follows how punishments and brutality at an already notoriously violent prison have become worse since an escape made by two men in June 2015. It is based largely on the accounts of men incarcerated at Clinton.
CIA torture has been exposed by new classified documents have been released showing abuse on suspected terrorist prisoners after 9/11. The release was brought on by a lawsuit by the ACLU. Some prisoners underwent fake burials. Others were confined in a small box with the assumption it was filled with stinging bugs, when in fact they were regular bugs. The CIA called these acts ‘extended interrogation techniques.’ The methods have constantly come under criticism about their legitimacy and accuracy of information they provide. Prisoners like Abu Zuybaydah were under such distress admitted to providing fake terror plots to escape the pain. We look at the CIA’s cruel interrogation techniques on the Lip News with Nik Zecevic, Elliot Hill and Joya Mia Italiano. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/new-declassi... https://tradegenius.co/go/ref/20
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