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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: Release Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 From Solitary Confinement

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Image uploaded from a quicklink GENEVA (7 October 2013) -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, today called on the US to immediately end the indefinite solitary confinement imposed on Albert Woodfox since 1972. Mr. Woodfox was convicted of murder together with Herman Wallace, who was released last week when his conviction was overturned on appeal. A day later, on 2 October, Mr. Wallace died after battling cancer, having spent 41 years in solitary confinement. "This is a sad case and it is not over" stressed Mr. Méndez. "The co-accused, Mr. Woodfox, remains in solitary confinement pending an appeal to the federal court and has been kept in isolation in a 8-foot-by-12 foot (2.5 x 3.5 m. Approx.) cell for up to 23 hours per day, with just one hour of exercise or solitary recreation." "Keeping Albert Woodfox in solitary confinement for more than four decades clearly amounts to torture..."

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