Real cost of torture to the nation too high for us to ignore anymore

Torture victims display scars of injuries sustained while in police custody. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The National Police Service Act 2011 prohibits and provides sanctions against officers who perpetrate torture and cruel and inhuman treatment.
  • The general violation of human rights ends up in both physical and psychological torture for the victims.
  • We need to collectively shun and condemn torture as a people for its demerits far outweigh any advantage.

Today’s United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture commemorations come as Kenya’s implementation of the law against torture, the Prevention of Torture Act 2017, is, ironically, pending despite stakeholders having pushed for it for more than five years.

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