7 May 2006

Zimbabwe: Concern Over Torture

THE Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum has expressed concern over the rising cases of human rights abuses committed by State security agents.

The organisation noted a sharp increase in reported cases of torture involving police officers and soldiers in its political violence report for March 2006.

About 75 cases were reported in March, prompting the forum to urge the law enforcement agents to respect the rights of people as enshrined in the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Among the victims, the NGO said, were MDC supporters implicated in the arms cache discovery over a month ago and a woman who was severely assaulted by a Presidential Guard soldier along Borrowdale Road in the presence of her children and child minder for no apparent reason.

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