Index Number: AFR 01/007/2014
At the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Amnesty International reported that despite widespread ratification of the UN Convention against Torture, torture remains endemic in many countries in Africa. More than 30 countries don’t even punish torture by law. Those responsible for torture and other ill treatment are rarely brought to justice, and victims rarely receive effective remedies. The statement focused on the situation in Ethiopia, Nigeria and The Gambia.