By Robert Kumwenda

Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistant (C.H.R.E.A.A) is to commemorate International Day of victims of torture at Domasi Prison in Zomba tomorrow.

Apatsa Mangwana Mhango who is one of the Paralegal Officers for the organization said they want to raise issues regarding the torture that people get when they are in Police custody.

She said most people do not know that they have the right to remain silent when they are in police cell and some Police Officers force people to speak about their offences they are accused of when they are in their custody.

“When someone is in conflict with the law there is high risk of facing torture especially in police cell to admit the charges hence the reason for the commemoration because we want to uphold Human Rights issues and ensure that everyone who is in conflict with the law is protected,” she said.

Mhango said there is overcrowding in prisons, nutrition among the inmates because of the diet which they receive which is tantamount to Human Rights violation saying that this is one of the topic that will be discussed during the commemoration.

She also said that issue about someone who was handcuffed and put in police cell for two weeks will also be discussed because the constitution does not allow someone to be subjected to torture in anyway.

Mhango further said they are open to receive complaints from the general public about the various tortures they receive when they are arrested to ensure that they are comp sated.

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