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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Limits Solitary Confinement

11/28/2012

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday ruled that holding an inmate for 10 months in solitary confinement with only periodic informal review of his custody was unlawful. ... While stopping short of prohibiting the use of solitary confinement, the court’s ruling firmly establishes that inmates are entitled to a mechanism for challenging their placement in solitary.

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Medicine Meets the Law: When a Psychological Evaluation Means the Difference between Asylum and Deportation

11/08/2012

When people make the decision to escape the torture and persecution they’ve suffered in their home countries by fleeing to the US, many have no idea that they have only one year from the time they arrive to apply for asylum.

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UN Advisor Says Solitary Confinement in the US is Torture

10/16/2012

For all the controversy over whether solitary confinement should ever be used in American prisons and jails, the evidence is clear: Isolation for 23 hours a day causes severe and often irreversible psychological damage.

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Combating Gender-Based Violence as a US Policy Priority

10/11/2012

The American policymaking and civil society community should take inspiration from the Tunisian woman who refused to be a silent victim and the countless others like her, and work together to fight against sexual and gender-based violence, in all its forms.

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PHR Joins Amicus Brief in Spanish Court to Hold US Officials Accountable for Torture

10/03/2012

On Sept. 25, PHR joined a group of international human rights experts and organizations in filing an amicus brief on an appeal before the Spanish Supreme Court. The case seeks to hold accountable six senior legal advisers in the Bush administration who allegedly facilitated the torture and abuse of people detained at Guantánamo and other detention sites overseas.

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