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Ill-Treatment and Torture Continue in Macedonia

Concerns about continued allegations of police ill-treatment and torture in Macedonia have long been expressed by human rights officials. Not only does Article 11 of the Macedonian Constitution forbids torture, or "inhuman or humiliating conduct or punishment” but Macedonia has also ratified the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the UN Convention against Torture or other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. Both of these instruments prohibit torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in all circumstances. The use of torture to extract statements and simple ill-treatment including insults to dignity in the course of official duties is forbidden under the Macedonian Criminal Code. However, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in its report from its visit to Macedonia in July 2002, stated that the physical ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the law enforcement agencies in Macedonia continues to be a serious problem.

AI INDEX: EUR 65/001/2003 22 January 2003


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