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U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture: U.S. Violated International Law over Manning

In Bradley Manning, Manning, News, NWO, Other Leaks, WikiLeaks on December 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

11/27/2012

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, says that the United States seriously violated international law by unjustly putting American Pfc. Bradley Manning in solitary confinement at the beginning of his detention.

 

“My mandate is exclusively about his conditions of detention and not about whether [you know] he was properly prosecuted or not. I have no opinion on that and of course I have no opinion on his guilty plea. But obviously if in any given situation someone is forced to plead guilty, that would be tantamount to a confession and that of course is prohibited by international law,” Mendez told Press TV’s U.S. Desk in a phone interview on Tuesday.

He continued, “In this circumstance, I am persuaded that he was unjustly put in solitary confinement for eight months at the beginning of his detention, and that constitutes serious violations by the United States of its obligations under international law, including the convention against torture.”

Pfc. Bradley Manning was to be held for trial on charges that would include violating the Espionage Act and aiding the enemy. He is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.

At Quantico, where Manning was held from July 2010 until April 2011, he was singled out for punishment before his case had been heard, his lawyers say.

During his first five months at Quantico, the lawyers say, he was held in “the functional equivalent of solitary confinement” : Confined to a six-by-eight-foot cell, with no window or natural light, for more than 23 and a half hours each day.

Manning’s detention drew concern from groups including Amnesty International, the British government and the U.N. special rapporteur on torture.

U.N./Kucinich/Amnesty Denied Visit to Bradley Manning

In Bradley Manning, Manning, News, NWO, WikiLeaks on April 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Over the past few weeks, the defense has been working to facilitate an official visit for Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Mr. Juan Mendez (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture), and a representative from Amnesty International. Despite multiple inquires from the defense and the interested parties, the Quantico Brig and the Government have denied the requests for an “official visit.”

More: Brig Fails to Follow Its Own Rules

Reporter grills U.S. Department of State Acting Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner during daily press briefing, pointing out the hypocrisy of the U.S. releasing their Human Rights report giving themselves a squeaky clean image, and at the same time denying the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur access to evaluate the condition of Pfc. Bradley Manning.

UN Human Rights Council representative Juan E. Méndez met with RT to examine the plight of Private Bradley Manning — the US soldier at the center of the WikiLeaks scandal.

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