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[ACHPR] FIACAT, OMCT and ACAT Benin’s Alternative Report to the report of Benin

October 2008

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Report only available in french

FIACAT and OMCT’s alternative report was presented, to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in partnership with the National Coordination of ACAT Benin. This report was a response to the Republic of Benin’s periodic report on its implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in October 2008.

General Recommendations:

The State Party should:

- With all urgency, amend the draft of the Penal Code so that torture is criminalized by the national legislation and adopt the draft, which has been pending before the National Assembly since March 2001.

- Adopt practices conforming to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. It should implement with all urgency an ambitious policy to improve the situation in prisons and other correction facilities, without limiting the construction of ten new prisons in the next two years.

- Take urgent measures to fight against prison overpopulation. Alternatives to detention should be privileged, especially for those convicted of minor offenses or those held in preventative detention for many years.

- Take the necessary measures to ensure that detained persons have access to basic medical care and are properly nourished.

- Rapidly institute a mechanism for visiting detention centers conforming to the obligations laid out in the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). Access to detention centers must also be facilitated for Nongovernmental Organizations that work for the rights of detainees.

- Vote in favor of the Resolution presented before the 63rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations that calls for the establishment of a universal moratorium on executions.

The State must also plan to definitively erase all references to the death penalty in the draft Penal Code currently in discussion in the National Assembly and to ratify the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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