Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states: “No one has the right to inflict torture, or to subject anyone else to cruel or inhuman treatment.” The United Nations (UN) declared in 2013 that the following are torture:
…forced labor, punitive use of electric shock, prolonged restraint and isolation, rape and other sexual violence in detention, as well as and denial of maintenance medications like methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone) in treating addiction. It also reported on failures to provide adequate pain treatment as potentially constituting torture. Even when these practices fall short of outright torture and are merely “ill treatment,” they should be banned in health settings because they “frequently facilitate torture,” the report says. (x)
Punitive use of shock treatment is used in only one place in the world: The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC). The JRC is located not just in the United States, not just in Massachusetts, but right here in Norfolk County in Canton. Their use of electric shock as discipline is used on autistic children and adults.
ADAPT has been heavily protesting the JRC. Is fighting torture in Canton something you might like to work on this year? Like our Facebook page for daily urgent actions on other human rights topics, news, and more. If you want to learn more about the JRC, Lydia X. Z. Brown’s site is a fantastic resource.