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Do not torture suspects, CMI advised

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st November 2008 03:00 AM

CHIEFTAINCY of Military Intelligence (CMI) personnel have been advised against using torture as a means of extracting information from suspects.

By Charles Ariko

CHIEFTAINCY of Military Intelligence (CMI) personnel have been advised against using torture as a means of extracting information from suspects.

Esther Loeffen, the First Secretary/Legal Advisor at the Netherlands Embassy on Wednesday said torture had devastating effects on its victims. “We have a collective responsibility to stop torture. It does not work and is not the best way of getting information or whatever you need.”

She was officiating at the opening of a human rights training workshop for CMI operatives in Kampala. The African Centre for treatment and rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) conducted the training.

ACTV is a non-governmental organisation that promotes the protection of human rights and rehabilitation of torture victims.

Loeffen suggested that training personnel who interact with suspects and equipping them with alternative skills for carrying out their duties was one of the ways of preventing torture.

Capt. Bosco Byoruganda said the UPDF does not condone torture. He said the UPDF and civil organisations had started sensitising soldiers on the importance of respecting human rights.

Do not torture suspects, CMI advised

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