Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Church Center for the United Nations
United Nations Plaza
44th Street Entrance – Second Floor Conference Room
New York, New York
Keynote Speaker: JUAN E. MENDEZ,
Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
David Fathi, Director, National Prison Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Jamie Fellner, Senior Advisor, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Homer Venters, MD MS, Center for Health and Human Rights, NYU Medical School
Each day tens of thousands of prisoners and detainees in the U.S. and abroad are held in solitary confinement.
Usually in isolation for at least 23 hours a day and denied all meaningful human contact, these prisoners and detainees are frequently held for months, years, and sometimes decades in conditions that the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council has found can amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and even torture.
This briefing will examine the detrimentalimpacts of solitary confinement, the science that supports its finding as a human rights violation, and the disproportionate impact of its use on mentally ill persons and youth.
Panelists will also explore the legal framework for protecting prisoners and detainees from solitary confinement and strategies advocates and others are currently using to end its abusive use.
Program Sponsored by:
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT),
The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church,
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
Human Rights Watch, Rabbis for Human Rights;
North America, Physicians for Human Rights,
Metro New York Religious Campaign Against Torture,
The Mennonite Central Committee UN Office,
Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office,
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations,
Amnesty International USA