AUGUST 27, 2009: Government Warned on Torture

Govt Warned On Torturing Suspects

SOURCE: New Vision

By Steven Candia

Kampala — THE African Union (AU) commission on human and peoples' rights yesterday asked the Government to adopt other methods to extract information from suspects instead of torturing them. This is part of the union's efforts to stop the vice.

Addressing the media in Kampala yesterday, commissioner Catherine Dupe Atoki said: "There is no basis for using torture. There are scientific methods of getting information which the Government should invest in."

Atoki noted that although torture was still prevalent in the country, she was impressed with local efforts to eradicate it and improve the observance of human rights.

She commended the anti-torture Bill, which seeks to criminalise torture when passed into law, saying it indicated the desire to rid the country of torture...

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