U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1994/31 (1994)(Nigel Rodley, Special Rapporteur).


Information transmitted to the Government

476. By letter dated 26 August 1993 the Special Rapporteur informed the Government of reports he had received concerning the following persons:

(a) Mody Sy, a parliamentarian belonging to the Senegalese Democratic Party was arrested in Dakar on 20 May 1993. He was held for one week in the police station on Thiong Street, where he was allegedly tortured to make him confess that he had taken part in the murder of the Vice-President of the Constitutional Council. According to the information received, electric shocks were applied to his fingers and genitals. One month later, he was still under medical treatment and his lawyer had reportedly not been able to get an investigation started into the allegations of torture.

(b) Ramata Guèye, a mango seller, was arrested on 14 July 1993 in connection with the same investigation as Mr. Sy. She was allegedly tortured first at the Pout police station near Thiès and then at the Thiès police station. Two days later, she was released without charges. A medical report made after her release stated that she had bruises on the right hand and buttocks and a sprained finger; hair had been pulled out of her head and there was blood in her urine.

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