February 16, 2015 – In a new video created by Amnesty International, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez discusses the case of Albert Woodfox, who has been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary since 1972. Mr. Woodfox was originally convicted for the murder of a prison guard together with Herman Wallace and Robert King, the so-called Angola 3. “Mr. Woodfox is being held in conditions that amount to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, if not torture,” the Special Rapporteur tells Amnesty, explaining that the conditions of his imprisonment, which involve spending 23 hours a day in an 8-foot-by-12 foot cell with no meaningful social interaction, inflict upon him “the kind of pain and suffering of a mental nature that is associated with torture.” The Special Rapporteur also expressed concern about the fact that while Mr. Woodfox’s conviction has been overturned three times no meaningful review of his continued isolation has taken place, and added that Mr. Woodfox should be considered innocent until proven guilty and convicted. You can watch the Special Rapporteur discuss the case in this video, and read a press release issued by the Special Rapporteur in October 2013 on Mr. Woodfox’s case.