Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Torture Found in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Radio Australia reports that the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture says he found abundant evidence of police brutality during a visit to Papua New Guinea.

Manfred Novak visited police stations and prisons across PNG. He told Radio Australia that evidence of police brutality amounting to torture was not hard to find. "We found abundant evidence of beatings with fanbelts, with gun butts, with bamboo and wooden sticks, etc.," Mr Novak said.

Mr. Novak said police watch-houses and prisons were overcrowded, filthy, and lacked ventilation.  There was no access to food or water.

Mr. Novak said that inmates who escape are often tortured on recapture. In the most severe cases, he said, they have tendons in their legs cut to disable them.

Mr Novak called on the PNG Government to ratify the Convention Against Torture.


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