Ndumba said techniques employed include: stripping inmates and beating them on the buttocks with an electric cable; bludgeoning them with a rubber baton until the skin becomes raw on the back and the soles of the feet; leaving prisoners in handcuffs so tight they cut into the skin, with hands tied either in front of them or behind their backs for up to three days; and forcing prisoners to drink large quantities of water before beating them on the stomach until they vomit blood.
The UK government has argued DRC is a safe place to return failed asylum seekers and other migrants despite a warning on the Foreign Office website of a range of human rights abuses which include ‘frequent reports of summary executions, widespread rape and sexual violence, banditry and forced labour’.
The thing is Ndumba would be the one to know, he used to a secret policeman who perpetrated the torture!
Tomorrow will see the resumption of a court case, heard in camera at the immigration appeal tribunal, to determine whether it is safe to remove failed asylum seekers to DRC or whether all removals should be suspended because of the dangers to them.
The decision to hear the case in private was taken because of the perceived danger to witnesses who will be giving evidence about their experiences of torture. Three of the witnesses have received anonymous death threats since agreeing to give evidence. The Home Office, however, remains upbeat about the prospects for returnees to DRC although they acknowledge some individuals can demonstrate the need for greater protection.
All to please racist voters shitting themselves over immigration, bet they all have mobile phones, guess where the essential cobalt for batteries in those came from? A demand that has enriched the oppressive wealthy few and helped fuel a huge war costing 3 million lives. Ain’t ignorant consumerism grand?
17 September, 2007 at 1:39 am
We don’t kill people, the Republic of Congo does….
BTW, having problems with my messages, they are not appearing for some reason.
17 September, 2007 at 5:31 am
I am so ashamed of our govt. just as inhuman as the tory’s old govt.
17 September, 2007 at 7:50 am
DRC is the worst continuing tragedy since WWII.
Sadly, no one cares.
18 September, 2007 at 3:06 am
Hi William, sorry it took so long to get back to this, I’ve enjoyed your queuing blog and will keep an eye on your Congo blog. It’s almost a secret war although I’m sure arms dealers and mining corporations know all about it. I’ll have to look at it more myself.