Zimbabwe rights body urges enabling legislation to deal with torture


The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson Elasto Mugwadi said Friday Zimbabwe is unable to decisively deal with perpetrators of torture due to lack of enabling legislation.


In an interview during commemorations of the United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Mugwadi said the government must ratify and domesticate the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
“According to the new constitution, torture is prohibited but we are saying there has to be a specific statute that deals with that,” Mugwadi said.
Domesticating the convention on torture would make it easy to deal with torture in the country as well as their rehabilitation and assistance, he said.
Meanwhile, civic society organizations, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and torture victims joined hands in marking the day which is held to call for the prevention of torture and an end to impunity.
It was held under the theme “Right to Rehabilitation Now.” Enditem

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