Tuesday, March 05, 2013

UN Special Rapporteur Says Judge Rotenberg Center Violates Torture Convention

See pages 83-84 of this report (hat-tip to Disability Rights International, which set this process in motion).  The key language:
[T]he Special Rapporteur determines that the rights of the students of the JRC subjected to Level III Aversive Interventions by means of electric shock and physical means of restraints have been violated under the UN Convention against Torture and other international standards. The Special Rapporteur calls on the Government to ensure a prompt and impartial investigation into these continued practices. He calls on the Government to provide information on the Department of Justiceā€Ÿs (DOJ) investigation into possible violations of civil rights laws and to take measures to prohibit the use of Level III Aversive Interventions for all students on a national level, including those students who had an existing court-approved treatment plan as of 1 September 2011 in Massachusetts.

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