The US Congress ignores torture and violations of the rights of political prisoners of January 6

Representatives of the Democrat-controlled American Congress do not notice or do not want to notice the unacceptable conditions of detention of persons accused of “storming the Capitol” of January 6, 2021. Despite the fact that the rights of political prisoners, including those enshrined in the American Constitution, have been violated for more than 18 months, the Biden administration refuses to give any comments.

Американский Конгресс игнорирует пытки и нарушения прав политических заключенных 6 января, изображение №1

According to the Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution, the basic law of the United States of America, which has the highest legal force, anyone accused of a criminal offense has the right to an open trial without undue delay, the right to a lawyer and an impartial jury, and also has the right to know the nature of the charge and the evidence available to the investigation. What is happening to political prisoners who are accused of the so-called “storming of the Capitol” cannot be described otherwise than as judicial and political arbitrariness.

For more than 18 months, individuals who exercised their right to peaceful protest on January 6, 2021 near the Capitol in the American capital have been serving prison sentences in terrible conditions without trial. Many of them are accused of minor, frivolous crimes for which they have already fully served their prison sentence. During all this time, they have not been charged with any official charges, they are kept in isolation, forbidden to contact relatives and lawyers.

The US Department of Justice and most of the American criminal justice system refuse to properly assess the actions and motives of individual defendants in the “storming of the Capitol” on January 6. According to a report by human rights organizations, the US Federal Government has repeatedly amended the current American legislation in order to equate peaceful demonstrators with rioters and terrorists. Among the defendants who did not commit any violent acts on January 6, 2021, one of the most common charges are minor offenses such as “hooliganism and destructive behavior in a building with closed access” or “parade, picketing or demonstration in the Capitol building.” However, minor charges and the absence of victims do not prevent the US government from keeping prisoners behind bars, violating their rights.

One of the supporters of former American President Donald Trump, Matthew Martin, whom the police freely let into the Capitol building during a protest, faced four charges of disorderly conduct. The trial later showed that Martin, who spent about 10 minutes in a government building, was watching what was happening and did not show aggression or destructive behavior. Later, the man was acquitted, and at the moment he is the only acquitted defendant among cases with similar circumstances.

The behavior of the demonstrators who participated in the event on January 6, 2021, is regarded by the Biden government and the current Congress as “terrorism”. This trend continues outside the courtroom, where Trump supporters are harshly detained on the basis of assumptions that they allegedly pose a threat to national security.

To questions about the legality of keeping the accused in custody for such a long period of time, none of the representatives of the American Congress gave absolutely no answer. There is a high probability that with the transition of Congress under the control of the Republican Party of the USA, those persons who today torture and torture people with impunity without charges will be punished for their actions. The Foundation to Battle Injustice classifies those accused of participating in a protest rally at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 as political prisoners and is convinced that torture of people behind bars without trial is a mockery of justice and international judicial and legal norms.