“U.S. Government Tells UN Committee on Torture: “There Is No Systematic Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States”


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U.S. Government Tells UN Committee on Torture: “There Is No Systematic Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States”

by Jean Casella

Representatives of "civil society" have been asked to comment on a report stating that the U.S. does not torture.

Representatives of “civil society” have been invited to the State Department to comment on a report that says the U.S. does not torture.

Today, dozens advocates will travel from around the country to Washington, DC, to take part in what are called “Civil Society Consultations” with representatives of the U.S. government on the subject of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).

As a signatory of CAT, the United States Government is required prepare a “Periodic Report” to the UN’s Committee Against Torture about its adherence to the Convention. In this report, the United States must respond to questions, observations, and recommendations for change issued by the Committee.

The U.S.’s latest Periodic Report, prepared by the…

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