Torture has become a method of choice used by police to extract information from suspects and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) has now warned them to desist from using brutal methods.
Commission spokesperson Samuel Kasanka said this in Lukulu where the Commission is on duty sensitizing both the residents and police officers on the rights of suspects.
Mr Kasanka said that the Commission had learnt that there was a lot of torture being used by both the police and neighbourhood watch associations when extracting information from the suspects.
“The Commission is saddened that there is too much torture going on when trying to get information from the suspect but it is against the law. These police officers know that it is wrong to use force and torture a suspect.
“There are better means that can be used and it has also been discovered that police officers allow the neighbourhood watch association to use force on victims. It is unfortunate that information extracted while torturing a suspect is also used against them in courts of law when that information is inadmissible before courts,” he said.
He said the suspects had rights and it was an offence for any individual or institution to torture them when extracting information from them.
He said the Commission had also discovered that in rural areas people were forced to provide information without realising that such information could be used against them in courts of law.
Mr Kasanka said it was important that such people were protected from this type of behaviour by police by empowering them with information that would make them not to disadvantaged.
He said in most cases people were forced to talk and later police officers took the extracted information as part of evidence in the courts of law.
The spokesperson also said that the Commission had just discovered that there was no prison in Lukulu and wondered where the remandees are kept as they await their matters before the court.
He said it was unacceptable for remandees to be kept in a facility that was not a prison and appealed to government to move in and provide such facilities for the locals.