Congo Brazzaville Records 43 Torture Cases, 9 Deaths In 2 Years

The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) signed the International Convention Against Torture in 2003 but cases of torture are still recorded in the country.

Despite signing the International Convention Against Torture in 2003, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) recorded 43 cases of torture, nine of which resulted in deaths between 2020 and June 2022.

The Congolese Organisation for the Defense of Human Rights disclosed this on Sunday, June 26, during the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the international convention against torture.

The organisation said torture is systematic in Congo Brazzaville and called on the Congolese authorities to revise the country’s penal code to insert clauses that sanction torture. 

“To the Congolese authorities, we demand that all dossiers, all complaints in connection with torture, which are pending in courts and tribunals, should be sanctioned with heavy terms of imprisonment,” said Tresor Nzila of the Centre for Actions for Development.

On Feb. 9, 2022, a court jailed four Congolese police officers for ten years for “beating one man to death and causing disability to seven others”.

But the Congolese Organisation for Human Rights believed the sentences were not severe enough given the gravity of the offences committed.

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