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As Convention against Torture Takes Effect, the Dominican Republic Still Has High Levels of Abuse

LADB Article ID: 78522
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2012-03-08
By: Charles Arthur

With the UN Convention against Torture coming into force in the Dominican Republic at the end of February, Amnesty International (AI) is once again calling on the authorities to break with the shameful practice of police abuse of detainees. In a series of reports—the latest published in October 2011—AI has documented shocking levels of abuse, including torture and unlawful killings, carried out by police in the country. Amnesty International researchers found that individuals are often detained and subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in police custody, frequently without being formally charged or convicted of any crime. Research by the organization also shows that most of these cases are not adequately investigated.

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