UN criticises Tajikistan for using torture – Telegraph

Posted: May 28, 2012 in Human Rights

Mr Mendez’s comments at the end of a nine day mission to Tajikistan are potentially embarrassing for Britain and other NATO members who have recently signed deals with the Tajik government to transport military kit from neighbouring Afghanistan across the country.

“Pressure on detainees, mostly as a means to extract confessions is practiced in Tajikistan in various forms, including threats, beatings and sometimes by applying electric shock,” Mr Mendez said in a statement.

He said that he was unable to ascertain whether torture in police custody had become more widespread and systematic since the last UN mission to Tajikistan.

“I am, however, persuaded that it happens often enough and in a wide variety of settings that it will take a very concerted effort to abolish it or to reduce it sharply,” he said.

Human rights groups have long accused the Tajik authorities of using torture and trampling on democracy.

via UN criticises Tajikistan for using torture – Telegraph.

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