WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Woodfox, 68, has spent 43 years in solitary confinement for the 1972 killing of Brent Miller, a guard at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, according to media reports.
Woodfox was convicted of the guard's murder twice, but the verdict was overturned on each occasion.
"At this point, the Louisiana authorities must ensure Albert Woodfox's freedom not only from incarceration, but from the deeply flawed legal process that has consumed him for more than four decades,” Amnesty International USA said on Friday.
Amnesty International called the court ruling a "desperate attempt to thwart justice" by the Attorney General.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez criticized the indefinite solitary confinement inflicted on Woodfox, saying it "clearly amounts to torture and it should be lifted immediately," the press release said.
On Thursday, 18 Louisiana state representatives voted for a resolution urging Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to stop obstructing justice and withdraw his appeals.
Amnesty International is a New York-based international grassroots human rights organization, according to its web site.