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BENIN: Benin must Ban Torture

December 2013

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On the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2013, FIACAT invites its whole network to urge the Benin Parliament to criminalize torture in its Penal Code.

Even though Benin ratified, on 12 March 1992, the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which states that “Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law”, Benin national law contains no criminal clause that defines or bans torture.
Torture is punished alongside wilful bodily harm and there is no specific punishment when a state employee is responsible for such an act.

Please feel free to download the petition attached and make it sign as widely as possible, above all during the next Human Rights Day on 10 December 2013.

Sign the Online Petition!

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