Friday, May 30, 2008

African Military and Police Human Rights Violations (Amnesty International, 2008)

Amnesty International recently released its 2008 Report on the State of the World's Human Rights. In the Africa section of the Report it is stated that:

"Police and other law enforcement officers were rarely held accountable for serious human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and other ill-treatment. Such impunity prevailed in many countries including Angola, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Law enforcement officers frequently used excessive force in countries including Benin, the Republic of Guinea, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Incidents of excessive use of force were often not investigated, even when people were killed."

More information on human rights violations by the army and police are provided and available by selecting each African country pages of the Report.

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