UN Torture Committee Criticizes Sweden

The UN committee on torture has criticized Sweden for taking too long to investigate rumours of torture in a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2004.

The Swedish army only recently investigated the rumours that Swedish soldiers witnessed a Congolese man being beaten up and given a fake execution. The UN committee says the army should have looked into the stories straight away. They also want Swedish soldiers to be given instructions on what to do if they suspect torture has taken place.

The committee also repeats its criticism of the deportation of two terrorist suspects to Egypt in 2001, and is also critical of Swedish prisons, saying that some prisoners are kept in isolation.

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