Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Chelsea Manning being charged over suicide attempt - US Army


You have to wonder how someone could be so heartless and cruel as to charge someone over their suicide attempt. Yet this is exactly what the US army is doing to Chelsea Manning.

Roots Action team (no it's not a porn site) has a world wide petition directed at the secretary of the US Army not to do this to her. You can sign it here.
After years of inhumane treatment, and having been held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, Chelsea Manning, the Guardian columnist and whistleblower who has been in prison for years serving a 35-year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government's worst abuses, attempted to take her own life on July 5th, 2016. Now, Army officials have informed her that she is facing serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt. These new charges include: 
1) Resisting a group of prison guards called "the force cell move team." (Chelsea was unconscious when this team arrived, which makes this charge particularly absurd.) 
2) Prohibited property. (For the items she used to attempt to take her own life.) 
3) Conduct which threatens. (For somehow putting the prison at risk while attempting to take her own life, quietly, in her own cell.) 
If convicted of these bizarre "administrative offenses," she is facing indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term (another 30 years). 

Chelsea is being denied medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, which experts have stated is the only course of treatment through which she would no longer be suicidal. Sign here.
Surely to deny appropriate medical treatment is a violation of human rights and duty of care. Or does the US Army deny that gender dysphoria is a medical condition needing treatment?