For Immediate Release
Petition Demands Army Not Put Chelsea Manning in Indefinite Solitary Confinement for Attempting Suicide
A Care2 petition supporting the whistleblower has gathered over 2,400 signatures in less than a day
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS - A new Care2 petition is urging the Secretary of the Army and Joint Chiefs not to place whistleblower Chelsea Manning into indefinite solitary confinement as the result of her July 5 suicide attempt. The petition has gathered over 2,400 signatures in less than a day.
VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/766/997/768/
“As a transgender woman and advocate, I'm concerned about the treatment of every trans woman in the military,” said Care2 petition author Sarah Rose, who is also Care2’s LGBTQ Issues Advocate. “This is especially true for Chelsea Manning, who has been subject to cruel and unusual punishment under the military judicial system simply for doing the nation a public service by exposing military wrongdoing.”
On July 28, the Army sent Manning a document “informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5th attempt to take her own life,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The charges include “resisting the force cell move team,” “prohibited property,” and “conduct which threatens.”
The first charge can be brought against a prisoner simply for requiring the "move team" to be called at all, meaning Manning is facing this charge for having her unconscious body removed from her prison cell.
If Manning is convicted of these “administrative offenses,” she could be subject to indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term (30 years), “maximum security” classification, and almost a decade before she can be reclassified as a “minimum security” prisoner.
A separate Care2 petition is demanding the Army investigate the violation of Manning’s medical privacy and to discipline the person responsible for leaking her medical information to the press. It has gathered over 7,600 signatures.
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