US Ambassador Letter to UNOHCHR re solitary confinement CDCR Pelican Bay State Prison, July 22, 2014
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UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA July 18, 2014 Mr. Juan E.Mendez Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) Palais Wilson 1211 Geneva OHCHR REGISTRY 2 2 JUL 2014 Recipients : .... £._.fJ..€. ................ .. ··································· .................................... DearMr. Mendez Thank you for your letter dated August 20, 2013. The United States fully supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond to this inquiry. The alleged practice of excessive use of solitary confinement and other alleged abuses at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Pelican Bay State Prison are currently the subject of a lawsuit against the CDCR in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The United States does not comment on cases that are currently in litigation. However, the U.S. government assures you that the fullest consideration will continue to be given to this matter. KeithM. Ha Ambassador U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council