Rights group calls for Yigal Amir's release from isolation

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 14, 2010 18:36

Physicians for Human Rights on Sunday called on the Israel Prison Service to end the solitary confinement of Yigal Amir because of the "pyshchological damage" that such isolation can cause to a prisoner. Amir is serving a life sentence for the 1995 assassination of then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The Supreme Court was scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter of Amir's solitary confinement on Monday.

"Psychological damage caused by isolation will manifest in a number of ways," a Physicians for Human Rights statement said, "including difficulty sleeping, depression, irrational fears, psychotic episodes such as visual and auditory hallucinations, episodes of paranoia, the experience of distortions in time and space, confusion and cognitive difficulties."


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