Address torture allegations, govt told

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Helen Kadirire
STAFF WRITER
kadirireh@dailynews.co.zw

THE government has been urged to take seriously allegations of torture levelled against the State, the Daily News can report.

The National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG), a civil society organisation, yesterday said that over the years numerous cases of abduction and torture have been reported in the country without any redress.

The call comes on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is celebrated every year on June 26.
“Of particular concern to the NTJWG is the apparent pattern in the circumstances surrounding cases of abduction and torture, with no perpetrators identified, no accountability and no justice for victims and survivors.

“These crimes have been used systematically as tools to silence government critics and dissenting voices, in violation of the Constitution and democratic tenets.

“The NTJWG calls upon the government to ratify and domesticate the United Nations Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment,” the organisation said.

The civic group highlighted the need for justice, peace and accountability for peace to prevail in the country.

“In order to achieve truth, justice and accountability and healing, the NTJWG implores upon the independent constitutional commissions to conduct thorough investigations into the torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of citizens with impunity and the government to ensure accountability and justice in pending and unresolved cases of torture and abductions through identifying perpetrators and prosecuting them and ensuring compensation for victims and survivors,” NTJWG said.

Last year alone, Amnesty International reported that around 50 political activists and unionists were abducted in the country.

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