associations condemn the systematic use of

This Sunday, June 27, 2022, the international community celebrates the 35th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention against Torture. Although Congo-Brazzaville acceded to this convention 19 years ago, torture is still condemned by NGOs for human rights. For them, torture is systematic and they ask the authorities to revise the penal code to put an end to this practice by punishing the perpetrators severely.

as reported from Brazzaville, Loicia Martial

Filguy Mbé is 23 years old. Confused with a member of a gang, this car mechanic and electrician was tortured during a crossing last January by the police until he lost the use of his legs. He now uses a wheelchair. “I had surgery, but the doctor said we had to go back to the hospital all the time, but my family could not afford it. I’m parked at home, I do nothing, he says.

Tortured with other people, his case went to trial. The state was ordered to pay damages but it never did. Franck Chardin Aubin Tchibinda, from the Congolese Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), wants sanctions to be applied and made more dissuasive: “We would like to be punished with 20 or 30 years in prison with a fixed fine. this way, torture will decrease in this country, ”he suggests.

Very concerned, Trésor Nzila, from the Center for Action for Development (CAD), expects more firmness: “As for the authorities, we ask that all acts, all complaints concerning torture, which are before courts and tribunals, experience a favorable outcome, He storms.

NGOs claim to have documented 43 cases of torture between 2020 and June 2022, nine of which ended in death.

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