UN Special Rapporteur on torture warns about abuse of solitary confinement in the Americas


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UN Special Rapporteur on torture warns about abuse of solitary confinement in the Americas
WASHINGTON D.C. (13 March 2013) – In a first-ever briefing to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on solitary confinement in the Americas, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, yesterday called* on the Commission to investigate the practice of solitary confinement and its harmful effects in the Americas. Mr. Méndez warned that there are insufficient safeguard mechanisms in the region for preventing, detecting, and responding to the use of solitary confinement, particularly in Latin America, and urged the Commission to push for stronger regulations on the use of solitary confinement. “Despite the fact that many examples show that the region of the Americas is not an exception to the global trend of abuses in the use of solitary confinement, I am concerned about the general…

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