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 Post subject: Political prisoner
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:32 am 
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The whole of this newscast is worthy of the widest audience:

http://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/u ... -june-2017

However, if for some reason you can't watch all of it, please watch the last 7 minutes of this newscast from the 40th minute.


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Very interesting stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Political prisoner
PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:42 am 
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Whatever we think of the UN, its directives and opinions; the fact remains that the UK Government is a permanent member of the UN, a subscribing member, a member that uses the UN to further its own agendas and wars.

Here is what the UN says of solitary confinement:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?N ... UzQ-lGQxaQ

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18 October 2011 – A United Nations expert on torture today called on all countries to ban the solitary confinement of prisoners except in very exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible, with an absolute prohibition in the case of juveniles and people with mental disabilities.

“Segregation, isolation, separation, cellular, lockdown, Supermax, the hole, Secure Housing Unit… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez told the General Assembly’s third committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs, saying the practice could amount to torture.

“Solitary confinement is a harsh measure which is contrary to rehabilitation, the aim of the penitentiary system,” he stressed in presenting his first interim report on the practice, calling it global in nature and subject to widespread abuse.
Indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should also be subject to an absolute prohibition, he added, citing scientific studies that have established that some lasting mental damage is caused after a few days of social isolation.
“Considering the severe mental pain or suffering solitary confinement may cause, it can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment when used as a punishment, during pre-trial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period, for persons with mental disabilities or juveniles,” he warned.

A transcript of Melanie Shaw's letter can be seen here:
http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/despera ... lanie-shaw


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