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HRC urges quick passage of legislation criminalizing torture

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has urged the government to pass a law outlawing torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment as soon as possible.

Enacting the law, according to HRC spokesperson MWEELWA MULEYA, will stop the human rights abuses brought on by torture.

According to Mr. Muleya, the Commission has continued to draw attention to horrifying instances of suspects being tortured, some of which have led to grave injuries, life-altering disabilities, and even fatalities.

Notwithstanding the fact that there were 19 occurrences of torture in 2022 compared to 39 in 2021, according to him, torture is still a serious human rights violation that is strictly forbidden by international human rights legislation.

Mr. Muleya reminded the government of its responsibility to defend citizens’ rights against torture and other cruel, barbaric, or degrading treatment in a statement released in Lusaka.

However, Mr. Muleya has acknowledged the State’s good efforts to stop torture, including the Constitution’s Article 15 ban on the practice and the State’s adoption of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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