Interim report of the Special Rapporteur on torture, A/66/268, 5 August 2011
III. SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
E. States Rationale for the Use of Solitary Confinement
42. Solitary confinement is also used to separate vulnerable individuals, including juveniles, persons with disabilities, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons, for their own protection. They may be placed in solitary confinement at the own request or at the discretion of the prison officials.
J. Vulnerable Individuals
3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
69. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individual are often subjected to solitary confinement as a form of “protective custody”. Although segregation of such individuals may be necessary for their safety, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender status does not justify limitation on their social regime, e.g. access to recreation, reading materials, legal counsel and medical doctors.
Link to full text of the report: Report-SR Torture-2011-eng