UN torture prevention team to reopen Rwanda visit amid human rights group long time accusations

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) says it will resume its review of Rwanda’s implementation of anti-torture policies.

In a statement by the SPT on Wednesday, the UN said it would announce the dates the subcommittee would visit Rwanda in due course.

SPT postponed its mission last year on the ground that there were Rwanda government obstruction and fears of reprisal on interviewees.

The investigators visit prisons, police stations, detention centres for migrants and juveniles, interrogation facilities and psychiatric hospitals, Rwanda dismissed the allegations.

However, Human rights group have long accused Rwanda of torturing detainees and rights abuses, allegations that were highly denied by Rwanda.

About half of the 13 countries it listed were African states and include Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Liberia. Others are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chile, Nauru, Panama and the Philippines.

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