Human Rights Commission condemns miners torture

THE Human Rights Commission (HRC) has strongly condemned alleged acts of torture and mistreatment of illegal miners caught scavenging for emeralds outside Gemcanton Mining Limited in Lufwanyama by mine police officers.

Images of the illegal miners being tortured and mistreated by mine police officers from Gemcanton surfaced last week, forcing Chief Lupuma to summon the investor to his chiefdom.

The pictures show the illegal miners lined up in a single file with both hands tied behind their backs, while others depict the victims submerged in mud.
The traditional leader castigated the investors and threatened to evict them from his chiefdom should they continue violating the rights of his subjects.
HRC spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya said this is against article 15 of the Bill of Rights under the Zambian constitution and that the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), which Zambia ratified in 1989, prohibits torture

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