According to Dr. Juan Mendez, the UN Rapporteur on Torture, prolonged solitary confinement that is for 14 or more days is a form of psychological torture. Other experts have documented that prolonged solitary confinement is cruel, expensive and ineffective.
In addition, we are working to eliminate even short term solitary confinement for vulnerable populations, most specifically juveniles or those with severe mental illness. works to reduce prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons at the Federal, State (DC, MD and VA) and local levels.IAHR works to reduce prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons at the Federal, State (DC, MD and VA) and local levels.
Islamophobia or anti-Muslim sentiment is more than challenging prejudices and mistrust. These attitudes can translate into negative action.
IAHR is active at a community level (hate crimes) and also a national one. As an example,some US citizens, even those from faith-communities, may justify the torture at Guantanamo, even for those that the government has cleared from release because of a belief that "those" people are different from us.
Although the Obama administration has recently stepped up efforts to transfer some detainees out of Guantanamo, more than 100 remain there. Over five years ago, all the major defense, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies determined that many of the remaining detainees pose no danger to the United States. However, some members of Congress still want to keep it open.
IAHR campaigns to:
o Ensure that the U.S. never tortures again, and
o End indefinite detention without charges or trial.
While most IAHR campaigns center on the Guantanamo Detention Center, we recognize there are other troubling aspects of American policy, which we also track and follow.