Freedom from Torture - Freedom from Torture briefing to Home Office CPIT for DRC CPINs June 2018

Freedom from Torture briefing to Home Office CPIT for DRC CPINs June 2018

Election-related detention and torture in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): a submission to the UK Home Office Country Policy and Information Team June 2018
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2018
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Freedom from Torture

The use of torture in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is well documented. The following research demonstrates that torture is used by President Joseph Kabila’s government against perceived political opponents involved in election-related activities.

This briefing presents preliminary findings from a planned wider study on the use of torture in a political context in the DRC. It is based on a systematic review of 16 medico-legal reports produced by Freedom from Torture, documenting election-related detention and torture in the DRC between 2011 and 2016, during President Kabila’s term of office.

Freedom from Torture observes with alarm that two United Kingdom (UK) Home Office Country Policy and Information Notes (CPIN) on the DRC from December 2017 – “Opposition to the government” and “Women fearing gender-based harm or violence” – do not include reference to the practice of torture. We note that the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information in the United Kingdom has recently reviewed these CPINs and that they are in the process of being revised. Freedom from Torture would like to draw the attention of the Home Office to a number of key findings from our research to consider for inclusion in the revised CPINs.

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