You are now logged in. Forgot your password? A group of prison guards who forced an inmate to live in two cells infested with human feces and raw sewage for a total of 6 days are protected by qualified immunity and cannot be sued over the incident, a federal court ruled last year. Though the U. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit acknowledged that the squalid conditions in which he was kept violated Trent Taylor's Eighth Amendment right to not suffer cruel and unusual punishment, the panel afforded the defendants protection from civil liability because no similar situation had been ruled unconstitutional under previous case law. That's par for the course with qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that shields public officials from accountability for violating your rights if the scenario in which those rights were violated has not been spelled out with granular detail in a pre-existing court precedent.
Stripped Naked and Photographed by Prison Guards
Naked prisoners in Philippine jail cause uproar
International human rights law forbids to take nude photos of prisoners, except in rare cases, or degrade their dignity. These regulations do not apply to China, apparently, since the practice of deliberately exposing naked prisoners to others as a form of torture and punishment is widespread in its prisons. Bitter Winter interviewed two female members of The Church of Almighty God CAG from Guangdong Province in southern China who were both stripped of their clothes in front of other inmates, a degrading and humiliating experience that has left emotional scars for the rest of their lives. This was just the beginning of her nightmare. They all sat up and looked at me.
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The inmates of the Cebu provincial jail were woken before dawn on Tuesday, herded into the jail's quadrangle and forced to strip while anti-drug agents, police and military searched their cells, prison officer Rafael Espina told AFP. Photos released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and provincial police showed the inmates sitting naked and cross legged in neat rows on the concrete quadrangle, illuminated by spotlights, as armed police guarded them. A statement released by the drug enforcement agency said the raid had netted "several packets" of methamphetamines and marijuana leaves, as well as knives and mobile phones. With the photos gaining traction on social media, human rights groups voiced concern. Amnesty cited United Nations' standards and Philippine laws in highlighting the obligation of authorities to ensure prisoners were not subjected to torture or ill-treatment.