تقرير منظمة العفو الدولية لعام  2013
حالة حقوق الإنسان في العالم

10 أكتوبر 2013

Louisiana must end its campaign of vengeance against Albert Woodfox

Louisiana must end its campaign of vengeance against Albert Woodfox
Albert Woodfox has bene held in solitary confinment for nearly four decades.

Albert Woodfox has bene held in solitary confinment for nearly four decades.

© www.Angola3.org


Albert Woodfox was convicted for the murder of a prison guard in 1972..

© The Mob Film Company Ltd 2009


See video

Following the death of Herman Wallace last Friday, who was held in solitary confinement for over 41 years, Amnesty International is launching a campaign for the release of his co-defendant Albert Woodfox. He too has been held in cruel conditions of isolation following the deeply flawed trials.

"Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for decades, even though the case against him was based on flawed evidence and riddled with procedural errors. Enough is enough. The state of Louisiana must accept the federal court’s ruling and release Albert Woodfox from prison,” said Tessa Murphy, USA campaigner at Amnesty International.

Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace were both convicted of the 1972 murder of prison guard, Brent Miller. There was no physical evidence to link them to the crime and their convictions relied primarily on the dubious testimony of a sole eyewitness who received favourable treatment in return for his testimony.

Both men have robustly denied any involvement in the crime. They believe they were falsely implicated in the murder because of their political activism in prison as members of the Black Panther Party.

Earlier this year a federal judge overturned the conviction. However Albert Woodfox continues to languish in prison after the state of Louisiana appealed against his release.

During the legal process that has spanned four decades, Albert Woodfox’s conviction has been overturned three times.

“Were it not for the state of Louisiana’s dogged determination to appeal against these rulings, Albert Woodfox would almost certainly be a free man by now,” said Tessa Murphy.

Herman Wallace was released last week just days before he died of liver cancer. A federal judge who overturned his conviction said it would hold the state in contempt of court if they did not release Herman immediately.

For most of the last four decades, Albert Woodfox has been confined to a small cell for 23 hours a day, denied access to meaningful social interaction and rehabilitation programmes.

Prison records show that Albert has not committed any serious disciplinary infractions for years and that he doesn’t pose a threat to himself or others.

“Nothing can justify the cruelty that the state has inflicted on Albert Woodfox,” said Tessa Murphy “After an unsafe conviction and 40 years of cruel treatment, he must now be allowed his freedom.”

موضوعات

أوضاع السجن 
المحاكمات والأنظمة القانونية 

البلد

الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية 

المنطقة

الأمريكتان 

@amnestyonline on twitter

أخبار

21 أغسطس 2014

في تقرير موجز صدر اليوم، قالت منظمة العفو الدولية أن الأطفال المتهمين بالانتماء إلى الجماعات المسلحة في النزاع في مالي يُحتجزون في سجون البالغين في ظل استمرار ارتكاب انتهاكات... Read more »

11 أغسطس 2014

قالت منظمة العفو الدولية في تقرير جديد صدر اليوم إن أهالي آلاف المدنيين الأفغان الذين لقوا مصرعهم خلال عمليات القوات الأمريكية وقوات "حلف شمال الأطنطي" (الناتو) قد تُركوا دون... Read more »

19 أغسطس 2014

قال الفرع الهندي لمنظمة العفو الدولية اليوم إن الحكم بإطلاق سراح سجينة الرأي إيروم شارميلا، الصادر عن محكمة في مانيبور،  لعدم وجود أساس لاتهامها بمحاولة الانتحار، هو... Read more »

06 أغسطس 2014

على مدى أشهر، ظلت خطوط المعارك تتبدل سريعاً في شرق أوكرانيا، عقب فرض الانفصاليين الموالين لروسيا سيطرتهم الفعلية على عدة مدن رئيسية في الإقليم

 

Read more »
22 أغسطس 2014

صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية اليوم أن شريط الفيديو الصادم الذي يظهر عملية قتل على شاكلة الإعدام نفذتها إحدى الجماعات المسلحة في ملعب لكرة القدم شرقي ليبيا يبرز مدى عجز السلطات عن... Read more »