Amnesty International (AI) has criticized the US for its handling of prisoners, calling for an immediate end to decades-long solitary confinement of two inmates.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - AI on Tuesday called for an immediate end to the isolation of two US prisoners held in solitary confinement for about 40 years in Louisiana.
According to the London-based human rights group, Albert Woodfox, 64, and Herman Wallace, 69, have been held in solitary at Louisiana State Penitentiary ever since they were convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1972.
It explained, the men were held in cells measuring two meters (6.5 feet) by three meters for 23 hours a day, and have never been allowed to work or have access to education.
Amnesty's Americas deputy director, Guadalupe Marengo, said, the four-decade torment is "cruel and inhumane and a violation of the US's obligations under international law".
She added, "We are not aware of any other case in the United States where individuals have been subjected to such restricted human contact for such a prolonged period of time".
The inmates are now filing a complaint against the Louisiana authorities, claiming that their protracted isolation is "cruel and unusual punishment" that also violates the US constitution.