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The National Commission on Correctional Health Care adopted this position statement in April 2016. It provides guiding principles for correctional healthcare professionals in addressing the use of solitary confinement in facilities in which they work.

In this report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on torture provides observations on his communications with numerous countries, including the United States, regarding issues of concern.

The United Nations' Committee against Torture issued these observations on the United States' application of the Convention against Torture. The Committee raised concerns about the extensive use of solitary confinement in the U.S. and urged significant reforms.

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted this resolution in 2013, reaffirming everyone’s right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. Paragraph 28 particularly addresses solitary confinement.

This report by the United Nations’ independent expert on torture and other ill treatment focuses on abuses in healthcare settings that may be tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and it includes “the solitary confinement of persons

In 2007, a task group of 24 experts from around the world met in Istanbul and drafted this advisory statement on solitary confinement, concluding that as a general principle, "solitary confinement should only be used in very exceptional cases, for

In this report, the United Nations’ independent expert on torture and other ill treatment focuses on the issue of solitary confinement as used in many countries around the world. It asserts that "the practice should be used only in very

This report by the United Nations' expert on torture and other ill treatment focuses on the treatment of persons with disabilities, as well as the use of solitary confinement. The Special Rapporteur states that solitary confinement should be prohibited for