'SA cops still use torture'

'SA cops still use torture'

Brian Indrelunas

The government should meet its "international obligation" to criminalise torture, says SA Human Rights commissioner Leon Wessels.

He called explicitly outlawing torture "an international obligation" after speaking to representatives of non-profit groups and government departments at a seminar.

"We can't just subscribe to the international rhetoric (without) ensuring that torture becomes a statutory crime," he commented.

The Constitution lists the right not to be tortured and police policies refer to torture specifically, but "all other policy is devoid of the language", said Lukas Muntingh of the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative.

CSPRI and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) hosted on Tuesday's seminar, which explored civil society's role in preventing torture.

brian.indrelunas@inl.co.za

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