We invite you to join us for an important event with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Prof. Juan Méndez, on Friday, October 18 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
Solitary Confinement in California Prisons with Juan Méndez
When: Friday, October 18, 2013
9:00am to 9:30am, Silent Interfaith Prayer Vigil
9:30am to 11:30am, Solitary Confinement in California Prisons with Juan Méndez
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. Parking will be available at UTLA Headquarters located at 3303 Wilshire Blvd (across street from the church).
This special event is sponsored by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity, and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
Background: As a result of the historic hunger strike in California prisons this summer, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and State Senator Loni Hancock agreed to host a series of hearings to address conditions of solitary confinement. The first of such hearings was held on Wednesday, October 9 in Sacramento.
In 2012, over three hundred prisoners submitted a petition to Juan Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, alleging that their conditions of confinement violate the UN Convention Against Torture. In response to the prisoners’ petition, Prof. Méndez requested that the U.S. State Department authorize him to visit prisons in California. That request remains pending.
Nevertheless, during the third peaceful hunger strike in California prisons this summer, Méndez agreed to the prisoners’ request to visit California and meet with prisoners’ family members and their advocates to learn more about solitary confinement in California, and to share his views on how solitary confinement may violate the international human rights obligations of the United States.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact one of the following:
- Peter Schey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dolores Canales email@example.com
- Casandra Frias, ph 213-388-8693 ext. 302
Please spread the word and join us for this special opportunity in the on-going movement for an end to torture in California prisons.
Laura Markle Downton
Director of U.S. Prisons Policy and Program