This will be an opportunity to hear from Robert King, one of the Angola Three, about the use of prolonged isolation in our prisons. Robert King was held in solitary confinement for 29 years. Since his release King has worked tirelessly to expose the injustices of the American penal system perpetrated against African-Americans and poor people.
We will also hear from family members whose children are in isolation and explore actions that we can take to end prolonged isolation in our prisons.
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January 11th 2013 was the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp which has become a symbol of our country’s torture policy. It was also the day that the new movie about the capture of Osama Bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty” came out in movie theatres around the country.
Led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19 held a first ever all-day hearing on solitary confinement in US prisons, “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences”. Important testimony was presented on the impact of such confinement on prisoners, and the widespread use of it, and the link between solitary and other forms of torture was emphasized.
This summer's JustFaith 'JustMatters' group is coordinating a public witness and prayer service for an end to torture. On Tuesday, June 26, the United Nation's International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the JustMatters group will lead a public witness on the corner of University and Merle Hay Rd. The public witness will take place from 5:30-6pm, with a prayer service at St. Theresa Church to follow from 6-6:30pm.
Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, UN human rights expert in Afghanistan, & author of "The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration" (2010), refute George Bush's claim in his memoir that the torture committed with his approval was legal because his lawyers told him so. H. Candace Gorman, attorney for a Guantanamo prisoner, describe the torture detainees there endure and the ongoing imprisonment of 173 men at Guantanamo, despite President Obama's pledge to close it.
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