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A crime in Ottawa

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From a United Nations news release in 2011, citing a statement by Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment:

Indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should…be subject to an absolute prohibition, [Méndez] added, citing scientific studies that have established that some lasting mental damage is caused after a few days of social isolation.

“Considering the severe mental pain or suffering solitary confinement may cause, it can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment when used as a punishment, during pre-trial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period, for persons with mental disabilities or juveniles,” he warned.

In Ottawa, a 22 year old man, Mutiur Rehman, was imprisoned in 2013 and held in solitary at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre for eighteen months.

He was driven mad.

No longer fit to stand trial, he is presently being held indefinitely in a secure unit of the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services under Minister Yasir Naqvi is supposedly “reviewing” its segregation policy. It is refusing to comment further.

And no word from Naqvi.

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