The American Civil Liberties Union wrote the United Nations Monday asking for its Special Rapporteur on Torture to review the Connecticut Correction Department’s treatment of hunger striking inmate, William Coleman.
The ACLU wants the UN to advise the state to stop force-feeding Coleman and immediately allow an independent health professional to monitor the conditions of his hunger strike.
“Brutally force-feeding Bill Coleman in direct opposition to his wishes violates his basic human rights and international standards of humane treatment, in addition to violating his right to make a political statement by refusing food,” said Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights program said in a press release Monday.
Click here to download a copy of the ACLU’s letter to the UN and here to read last week’s report on Coleman’s force-feeding. Catch up on Coleman’s hunger strike by reading our previous reports here and here.