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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                                

Republic of Mauritius

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors. For most of the period, annual growth has been in the order of 5% to 6%. This remarkable achievement has been reflected in more equitable income distribution, increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality, and a much-improved infrastructure. The economy rests on sugar, tourism, textiles and apparel, and financial services, and is expanding into fish processing, information and communications technology, and hospitality and property development. Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 15% of export earnings.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Mauritius

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Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture

U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment  -- Doc. CAT/C/MUS/CO/3 (2011)

[accessed 15 Aug  2013]

Complaints, investigations and prosecutions

15. The Committee is concerned that only few complaints for torture, excessive use of force or ill-treatment by law enforcement or prison officers or cases of death occurred in police custody are investigated and prosecuted and do not usually lead to compensation (arts. 12, 13 and 14).

The State party should systematically conduct impartial, thorough and effective inquiries into all allegations of violence committed by the police or prison officers, and prosecute and punish the perpetrators in proportion to the seriousness of their acts. It should also ensure that victims or their families obtain redress and fair and adequate compensation, including means for as full rehabilitation as possible. The State party should inform the Committee of the outcome of current proceedings and on the results of the appeal lodged by the Director of Public Prosecutions against the case dismissing four police officers accused.

Mauritius must get to grips with torture if it wishes to restore confidence

Patrick Corrigan, Slugger O'Toole, 20 July 2012

[accessed 29 Jan 2014]

The Mauritian jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict seems to show that they believed Avinash Treebhoowoon’s allegation that a confession statement produced three days after Michaela McAreavey’s murder was a police concoction, only signed by him after days of torture.   Treebhoowoon made his first official complaint of ill-treatment at a court appearance days after the murder, in January last year.   In short, he alleged he was subject to numerous beatings, whipped on the soles of his feet with a pipe, hit on the head, stripped naked and held down on a table while police tried to suffocate him with a towel and held his head in a bucket of water. On the third day he signed the statement confessing to the murder.

Mauritius: Amnesty International calls for independent investigation of torture complaints

Amnesty International, AI Index AFR 39/001/2001 - News Service Nr. 74, 25 April 2001

[accessed 29 Jan 2014]

[accessed 28 August 2016]

"The repeated accusations brought against the Mauritian authorities by individuals who claim that their right to be free from torture and ill-treatment and their right to be given a fair trial have been violated put a question mark behind the government’s commitment to the protection of human rights."

On 23 April 2001, members of the Curepipe Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Mauritius arrested Bernard Maigrot on suspicion of killing 32-year old Vanessa Lagesse on the night of 9 to 10 March this year. He was held incommunicado for several hours after his arrest, without access to any legal assistance or his family. According to police sources, Bernard Maigrot confessed to the murder during interrogation. In a court hearing on 24 April, Bernard Maigrot withdrew the confession, claiming it had been obtained under torture and before he was able to have any contact with his lawyers. A previous suspect in the case, who was released from police detention on 13 April, has also accused the CID of ill-treatment.

Ill-treatment of criminal suspects during interrogation has been reported in a number of cases in Mauritius in recent months, and has for many years been of concern to local and international human rights monitors. Although the police or courts have in the past ordered inquiries into such allegations, these have either been inconclusive or their results have not been made public.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 5 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The law prohibits such practices; however, there continued to be reports of police abuses. In September the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) found three policemen guilty of brutality after they assaulted a suspect after accusing him of being a drug addict. At year's end the Disciplined Forces Service Commission was determining disciplinary action against the police officers. The NHRC received 131 complaints of police abuse, of which 33 were alleged cases of police brutality and 10 related to verbal abuse by officers. The police department Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB) received 383 complaints, of which 128 were allegations of police brutality or abuse

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 1   Civil Liberties: 2   Status: Free

2009 Edition

[accessed 5 February 2013]

The generally independent judiciary, headed by the Supreme Court, administers a legal system that is an amalgam of French and British traditions. Civil rights are for the most part well respected, although individual cases of police brutality have been reported. There are no known political prisoners or reports of political or extrajudicial killings.

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