The Dominican Republic must break with its shameful practise of police abuse now it has ratified the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International said.The international treaty, which prohibits torture and other ill-treatment of police detainees, comes into force in the Caribbean nation on Thursday, 23 February.Amnesty International has previously documented shocking levels of abuse, including torture and unlawful killings, carried out by police in the country.“The Dominican Republic should be commended for having joined this important international treaty to combat torture,” said Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor to Amnesty International.“But the country’s authorities – and the National Police in particular – must end once and for all the decades-long practise of abuse, and get to work to meet the treaty’s provisions by enforcing the law in a manner that respects human rights.”
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