The Health of Julian Assange: A Case of State-sponsored Neglect

February 24, 2020 Syndicated 0

It is known that Assange’s removal from Belmarsh healthcare unit was a result of the combined effort by his legal team, public campaigning and a petition lodged by fellow prison inmates. It followed seven months of unofficial segregation in the unit during which he was removed from association without legitimate grounds to do so, and in breach of prison rules and legislation.  There was no established reason for this treatment, making it arbitrary, and also deprived Assange of recourse, effectively throwing him into a lawless hole at the whim of the prison authorities. 

Hunger-Striking Immigrants in US Subjected to Nasal Force-Feeding at ICE Detention Center

February 2, 2019 Syndicated 0

ICE officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes in response to a hunger strike by 11 detainees — some rejecting food for over a month — inside a Texas detention facility, according to a new report by The Associated Press.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 11 detainees at the El Paso Processing Center have been refusing food, some for more than 30 days.

Alabama Likely Tortured a Man to Death Last Week

December 13, 2016 staff 0

The execution of Ronald Smith last week took far longer than it should have, 34 minutes, during which time he was almost certainly awake when the prison administered the agonizing drugs, whose administration without sedation is an open and shut violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.