Abolish prison torture, NGO tells Hanoi

Torture of religious and political prisoners is still widely prevalent in Vietnam. Last year, some prisoners died after the torture meted out to them.

Vietnam
Jan 20 2014, 2:53 PM
Abolish prison torture, NGO tells Hanoi
Holding cells in Tuol Sleng prison.

London-based Christian NGO Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) launched a new campaign last Friday against torture of prisoners in Vietnam.

Torture of religious and political prisoners is still widely prevalent in Vietnam. Last year, some prisoners died after the torture meted out to them.

The CSW campaign called for, "Humane treatment of detainees and prisoners in Vietnam and elimination of the practice of torture and other abuses in prisons, in police departments, rehabilitation centres and other places of detention."

CSW asked Vietnam to immediately ratify the international convention against torture and forced labour and adoption of ad hoc legislative measures to abolish torture in prisons.

CSW Director Mervyn Thomas said in his statement, "In 2013, Vietnam was elected to the UN Human Rights Council and signed the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. This year, the government has the opportunity to demonstrate a real commitment to promotion and protection of the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

Source: Agenzia Fides

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