Port Louis, 01 June, 2022 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The reported police torture of detainees in Mauritius is a “frightening violation of basic human rights”, the Bishop of Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has said.
In a Wednesday, June 1 statement, Cardinal Piat reacts to video recordings showing police torturing three handcuffed media. He expresses solidarity with the victims of torture and calls on Mauritian authorities to bring the perpetrators to book.
“Along with the population, I was horrified by the torture inflicted by members of the police force on citizens who were in their custody,” Cardinal Piat says.
He adds, “This frightening violation of basic human rights by police authorities who are supposed to enforce the law leaves the population feeling insecure.”
Through the practice of torture, the Mauritian Cardinal says, “the police, whose duty it is to protect citizens, become themselves a source of social disruption.”