Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Human Rights Day Toolkit

Human Rights Day Toolkit

Human Rights Day is December 10th. We invite you and your congregation
to join with NRCAT in marking Human Rights Day during worship services
and through advocacy activities either the weekend of December 6-8,
December 13-15, or another time of your choosing. Sign-up
( ) now to receive our Human
Rights Day Toolkit, delivered to your inbox on October 25, to help
your congregation mark Human Rights Day.

This year, NRCAT's Human Rights Day focus is on Solitary Confinement
in an Age of Mass Incarceration. We invite your congregation to focus
on the human rights crisis faced by over 80,000 people being held in
long-term solitary confinement in the U.S. Prisoners in solitary
confinement are locked in a cement cell alone 23-24 hours a day, seven
days a week, sometimes for months, years, even decades. The United
Nations Special Rapporteur Against Torture, Juan Mendez, has stated
that to keep an adult in solitary confinement for more than 15 days
constitutes torture, and has called for a prohibition on the use of
solitary confinement for youth and those with mental illness.


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