Rwanda security forces conduct tortures with impunity: report

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Rwandan military has tortured detainees with beatings, asphyxiations, mock executions, and electric shocks, says a Human Rights Watch report, confirming 104 such cases betwen 2010 and 2016.

Most of them were detained on the suspicion of being association with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, while others were accused of collaborating with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition group in exile, it said in a report.

“Research over a number of years demonstrates that military officials in Rwanda can use torture whenever they please,” said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

HRW said that an environment of total impunity is prevailing in the country as judges and prosecutors ignored complaints from current and former detainees about the unlawful detention and ill-treatment.

“Impunity for unlawful detention and the systematic use of torture has led many victims to give up all hope for justice.” Sawyer said.

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