UN expert condemns Papua New Guinea torture Associated Press, Port Moresby | Tue, 05/25/2010
Prisoners are routinely beaten by police in Papua New Guinea while those who escape risk having tendons cut to disable them, a United Nations expert on torture said Tuesday.
Manfred Nowak, the UN special rapporteur on torture, said in a statement that he was most concerned by the systemic police beatings in the South Pacific's most populous island nation.
He said that during his 10-day investigation into the impoverished country's police cells and prisons, he found evidence of torture and "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment."
Prisoners who escaped were severely punished on recapture, he said. Punishment included cutting tendons with axes and knives, shooting prisoners at close range and beating them with gun buts, Nowak said. The prisoners were usually kept in punishment cells without medical treatment and sometimes died, he said.