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[Press release] Central African Republic must bring its legislation into line with the Pact

August 2006

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FIACAT-ACAT CAR statement : Central African Republic must bring its legislation into line with the Pact

Paris, 1 August 2006

Press release

The International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), an ecumenical association represented in 33 countries over four continents, and ACAT in the Central African Republic (ACAT RCA) welcome the adoption of recommendations by the UN Human Rights Committee, following its examination of the second periodical report by the Central African Republic.

FIACAT and ACAT RCA share the concerns expressed by the Human Rights Committee and urge the Republic’s Government to implement as soon as possible the practical recommendations made by the committee.

In line with these recommendations, FIACAT and ACAT RCA call in particular on the Central African Republic to:

- Seize the opportunity offered by the rewriting of its Penal Code and Code on Penal Procedure to bring its legislation into line with the commitments entered into under the Pact, especially as regards limiting the duration of provisional detention, access for detainees to a lawyer, a doctor and family members, and the abolition of the death penalty;

- Bring prosecutions and systematically apply appropriate sanctions in relation to all acts of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, including those perpetrated by members of the Central Office for the Repression of Banditry;

- End extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions by outlawing them and introducing real and effective sanctions before the courts. In this connection, the Sanzé affair should be investigated and clarified as soon as possible.

FIACAT and ACAT RCA will follow closely the implementation by the Central African Republic of the Human Rights Committee’s recommendations.

Contact : Nathalie Jeannin - n.jeannin@fiacat.org

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