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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                                  gvnet.com/torture/NewZealand.htm

New Zealand

Over the past 20 years the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally. This dynamic growth has boosted real incomes - but left behind some at the bottom of the ladder - and broadened and deepened the technological capabilities of the industrial sector. Per capita income has risen for nine consecutive years and reached $27,900 in 2008 in purchasing power parity terms.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

 

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CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in New Zealand.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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18 Cases of Torture in Chiapas to Be Presented to UN Rapporteur

Isaín Mandujano, Proceso, La Jornada: Matilde Pérez U., May 1, 2014

floweroftheword.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/18-cases-of-torture-in-chiapas-to-be-presented-to-un-rapporteur/

[accessed 2 May 2014]

Frayba has documented at least 18 cases of torture from March 2013 to March 2014. Of these, 15 were reported by men-one of them a minor- and 3 by women. According to the Center, at least 2 of the tortured people died in municipal prisons in Tapachula and Acala. The first was Carlos Alberto Trujillo Ramos, 48 years old, and the second was Rolando Pérez Cruiz, 21.

Other torture cases, according to Frayba, are that of Gabriel Domínguez Escobedo, arrested and tortured to death by 13 members of the Special Police of the Attorney General of Justice of the State of Chiapas (PGJ), and that of Miguel Ángel Rosette García, whom members of the same unit tortured in 2011 for the alleged robbery of the Orantes Constanzo family, the owner of the second-division soccer team, Guerreros [Warriors] de Chiapas. Audentino García Villafuerte and brothers Andrés and Josué López Hernández, were tortured in the prisons of Bochil, Huixtla, and Pichucalco, respectively, forcing them to plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit.

On April 15th, Fraya said that in Chiapas, the practice of torture continues, including sophisticated methods to make people testify without leaving marks on the body. The tests have been obtained with the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol carried out by doctors and psychologists who are experts in the field.

The documented information “confirms the recurrence of torture as a method of criminal investigation, used by local, state, and federal police forces, as well as members of the Army and Navy,” said the organization.

Ombudsman's Special Investigation into management of prisoner Arthur Taylor in Auckland Prison, New Zealand

Adacaod, 2014

www.scribd.com/doc/207099287/Ombudsman-s-Special-Investigation-into-management-of-prisoner-Arthur-Taylor-in-Auckland-Prison-New-Zealand

[accessed 24 Feb 2014]

Arthur Taylor was placed in 'directed segregation' (isolation) in Auckland prison (Paremoremo) from June 2011 to April 2012 - more than eight months. The Ombudsman said: "Accommodation for those prisoners currently undergoing a period of segregation is well below standard and could be considered cruel and inhuman for the purposes of the Convention against Torture."

80% of countries use torture – New Zealand is one

Roger Brooking, Pundit, LTD, 30 Sept 2013

pundit.co.nz/content/80-of-countries-use-torture-%E2%80%93-new-zealand-is-one

[accessed 29 Sept 2013]

Torture in New Zealand prisons - Thousands of prisoners are also subject to a form of enhanced pharmacological torture. Instead of being given drugs which cause pain, prison doctors in New Zealand are told to take medication off prisoners who are in pain. Section 6.1.1 of the Department’s Medicines Policy “actively discourages” doctors from prescribing opiate (pain killers), benzodiazepines (for anxiety), ritalin (for ADHD) – or any drug which might be ‘traded’ in prison. In some prisons, this policy appears to include anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication. In other words, prison doctors are encouraged to breach their medical ethics, ignore the welfare of their patients, and allow them to suffer.

Richard Barriball was a victim of this ‘discouraged medication policy’. Prior to being admitted to Otago prison in 2010, he was on four different pain medications after a series of operations on his arm. On his first day in prison, the prison doctors took away two opiate pain killers; four days later they took away the benzodiazepines he had been on for years.

With increasing pain, anxiety and in severe withdrawal, he committed suicide three days later. The coroner said Corrections provided him with sub-optimal care.

Then there’s prison dental torture. The Department has a ‘minimum dental services policy’ whereby prisoners with toothache or an abscess can have the tooth extracted – but are generally not allowed to have fillings. Long term prisoners, with a sentence of more than one year, may receive fillings provided their teeth were in good condition prior to coming to prison. But there are lengthy waiting lists. Prisoners serving less than one year (80% of all those in prison), are told to wait till they get out to see a dentist:

United Nations Convention Against Torture: New Zealand draft periodic report 6

Ministry of Justice, 2012

www.justice.govt.nz/policy/constitutional-law-and-human-rights/human-rights/international-human-rights-instruments/international-human-rights-instruments-1/convention-against-torture/united-nations-convention-against-torture-and-other-cruel-inhuman-or-degrding-treatment-or-punishment-new-zealand-periodic-report-6/article-12-13/22-investigation-of-torture-and-prosecutions

[accessed 5 Feb 2014]

INVESTIGATION OF TORTURE AND PROSECUTIONS

241. Since 2009, there have been four legal complaints received by the New Zealand High Court regarding ill-treatment in prison (Table 7).

242. Investigations by the Ombudsmen since 2009 under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 have found no evidence of torture.

243. Allegations of torture have been investigated by New Zealand Police and also raised in court proceedings, but none to date have been found to meet the requirements for prosecution.

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/CR/32/4 (2004)

www1.umn.edu/humanrts/cat/observations/newzealand2004.html

[accessed 4 March 2013]

5. The Committee expresses concern about:

(f) The findings of the Ombudsman regarding investigations of alleged assaults by prison staff on inmates, in particular the reluctance to address such allegations promptly and the quality, impartiality and credibility of investigations.

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

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61621.htm

[accessed 6 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The law prohibits such practices, and there were no reports that government officials employed them.

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

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/new-zealand

[accessed 6 February 2013]

The judiciary is independent, and defendants can appeal to the Privy Council in London. Police discrimination against the Maori, who comprise more than half of the prison population, has been reported.

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