Invitation to meeting on solitary confinement with Juan Mendez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture

California holds more prisoners in solitary confinement than any other state or country on earth. In 2012, over 300 prisoners submitted a Petition to Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, alleging that their conditions of confinement violate the United Nations Convention Against Torture. In response, Special Rapporteur Mendez has requested that the US State Department authorize him to visit prisons in California. That request remains pending. During the 2013 hunger strike, Juan Mendez granted the prisoners’ request to visit California and meet with prisoners’ family members and 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. Please join us for this important meeting with UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez.

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Friday October 18, 2013, 9:30 am to 11:30 am (Vigil 9 am to 9:30 am) Immanuel Presbyterian Church 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010 UTLA Headquarters, 3303 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90010 ($5 at UTLA or metered street parking)
California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law National Religious Campaign Against Torture Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

RSVP: Peter Schey or Dolores Canales or by telephone to Casandra Frias 213-388-8693 ext 302

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