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Session: Uplifting Prisoners Rights to Preserve Human Rights: Guantanamo and Beyond
3292.0: Monday, November 06, 2006: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Uplifting Prisoners Rights to Preserve Human Rights: Guantanamo and Beyond
Inhumane and degrading treatment is common in US controlled prisons whether under military or civilian administration. Negligence is all too frequent and can be as dramatic as the abandonment of men and women in New Orleans jails during the Katrina flooding, or as banal as routine medical neglect in California’s 34 prisons judged cruel and unusual punishment by the Federal Court. Women prisoners are subjected to regular sexual harassment wherever male custodial staff guard females. Outright torture has been devised by the President and his top advisors and carried out in military detention facilities around the world. But devices of torture and systematic abuses occur on a daily basis particularly in high security prisons called control units. Campaigns against the abuse and torture of prisoners take many forms. Actions to stop the abuse of detainees held as enemy combatants have included hunger strikes by the prisoners, the filing of law suits in Federal Court and the pressure by NGOs for release of the prisoners and the punishment of the perpetrators up the chain of command. A coordinated campaign to end the torturous conditions in US supermax prisons has created a national effort. Advocacy organizations and public interest attorneys are working to remove male guards from the housing units in women’s prisons and to develop gender specific procedures and programs. Campaigns to end the abuses of prisoners must be won if the principles of human rights are to be firmly established in the US.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to identify what constitutes inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners. 2. Partipants will learn various strategies for redressing human rights violations against prisoners.
Organizer(s):Corey Weinstein
Moderator(s):Corey Weinstein
2:30 PMViolations of Human Rights of Detainees at Guantanamo Bay
Michael Grodin, MD
2:55 PMMen Can No Longer Guard Women Prisoners
Corey Weinstein
3:20 PMCampaign to Close Supermax Prisons: Stop Inhumane Treatment
Bonnie Kerness
3:45 PMQuestions, Comments and Cross Talk on Human Rights for Prisoners by Panel and Attendees
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:APHA-International Human Rights Committee
Endorsed by:Latino Caucus; Medical Care; Peace Caucus; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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