Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/13/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Inhuman acts conducted against men, women and children there on a daily basis

Life goes on in sub-Saharan Africa - as it would during medieval times. The torture of prisoners in these countries continue to be applied with impunity. Such atrocities as fingernail yanking, rape and electrical shocks continue to be employed there against men, women and children - with impunity, according to Amnesty International. 

In Kenya, 58 percent of the respondents to a poll on torture, said they were afraid of being tortured if taken into custody.

In Kenya, 58 percent of the respondents to a poll on torture, said they were afraid of being tortured if taken into custody.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/13/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Torture, Africa, Amnesty International

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Among the countries currently on the African continent, only 10 out of 54 countries have adopted national laws banning it, Amnesty International says.

The human rights agency has evidence of torture conducted by prison, police and army officers. Torture is regularly practiced in at least 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Find out how you can get food to needy children -- by going here!

Torture, the group says is being routinely used as a means of extracting "confessions" in prisons and detention centers. Prisoners have reportedly been suspended from ceilings, bound in painful positions and sexually abused.

"African governments have yet to acknowledge the problem, let alone begin to rectify it," Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International's research and advocacy director for Africa says. "The lack of strong national laws prohibiting torture in the majority of African countries allows torture not just to survive - but to thrive."

Globally, Amnesty International has evidence of torture in 79 out of the 155 states that have ratified a 1984 U.N. Convention against Torture. 

All but South Sudan has ratified the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, which outlaws torture. However, only 10 countries have made it a criminal offence: Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Senegal and Tunisia.

Torture practiced in Sudan include the use of amputation as a punishment. Three men had their right hands cut off after being found guilty in April of last year of stealing cooking oil.

Inmates at Mangaung high-security prison in South Africa have accused the authorities of using electric shocks and beatings on them.

In Kenya, 58 percent of the respondents to a poll on torture, said they were afraid of being tortured if taken into custody.

There have also been reports in Nigeria where there were reports of detainees being starved, shot, forced to sit on sharp objects and held in stress positions.

Reports of torture have grown in the West African country, Amnesty says, since Nigerian security forces stepped up operations against Islamist group, Boko Haram, reviled internationally for its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls last month.

"Torture is never justified. It is illegal. It is barbaric. It is inhumane," Amnesty said.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Africa

Pope Francis does the unthinkable following emotional tragedy in African Muslim community Watch

Image of Reported violence near a mosque Pope Francis is slated to visit in Central African Republic caused the pontiff to reply with an immediate


Reported violence near a mosque Pope Francis is slated to visit in Central African Republic caused the pontiff to reply with an immediate "Can I go (be with them)?" according to a bishop who was standing close by. Bangui, Central African Republic (CNA/EWTN News) ... continue reading

Pope Francis tells Ugandans to remember their saints and to live by their example Watch

Image of The Pope, speaking in Uganda says that openness extends not only to our loved ones, but to our enemies as well.

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

Marking his first full day in Uganda with Mass to celebrate the nation's martyrs, Pope Francis said the call to be missionary disciples falls on all of us, whether at home or abroad, with our families or among our enemies. Kampala, Uganda (CNA/EWTN News) - "Like the ... continue reading

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis speaks to Kenyan youth, and how to avoid terrorist recruitment Watch

Image of The Pope Francis delivered lengthy, powerful answers with his own anecdotes, revealing that he carries a rosary and a pocket-sized Stations of the Cross with him every day, which he said keep him from losing hope.


An impassioned Pope Francis went off-the-cuff in a vast, widespread speech to Kenyan youth, touching on challenging topics such as how to stop youth from being recruited to terrorist activities. Nairobi, Kenya (CNA/EWTN News) - The encounter fell on the Pope's ... continue reading

A special look into the inspirational meeting between Pope Francis and Kenya's poor Watch

Image of


During his tri-nation visit to Africa this week, Pope Francis made a stop at a slum in Nairobi and praised those he met for their love of and emphasis on community and relationships - over what he called a vacuous, "unbridled consumption" that often plagues the West. ... continue reading

Will Pope Francis make a powerful change in Kenya? Watch

Image of Pope Francis arrives in Kenya -and chooses to spent time with the poor instead of rich Kenyan leaders.


Pope Francis arrived in Nairobi, Kenya today and has already ruffled feathers by choosing to join a resident of a Nairobi slum for dinner, rather than accepting President Uhuru Kenyatta's dinner invitation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an act worthy of his ... continue reading

'I had my hand on the door': Woman survives Mali hotel attack Watch

Image of Kathie Fazekas survived a terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali (ABC).


Following the Mali hotel attack that claimed the lives of 19 victims, Kathie Fazekas, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee, has stepped forward to reveal her terrifying experience with a gunman just outside her hotel door. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Pope Francis to visit Africa: 'How do you reconcile mercy and war?' Watch

Image of Pope Francis will be visiting Africa from November 25 through November 30.


Pope Francis is set to tour three African countries -Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic - November 25-30. Pope Francis is expected to address the secular lifestyle, competing Christian faiths and violence on the continent. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading

MORE THAN 20 DEAD - Terrorists holding over 100 guests, staff hostage at luxury Malian hotel Watch

Image of Armed gunmen, at last count eight men brandishing AK-47s, quizzed hotel guests about their knowledge of the Koran before they freed 80 people.


Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists have seized the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital city of the African nation of Mali. At least 20 people including, a Belgian worker, a French national and two Malian security guards are believed to have perished in the ... continue reading

The terrorist group MORE DEADLY than ISIS that you NEED to know about NOW! (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of Boko Haram is the deadliest militant group in the world (Getty Images).


Despite the recent Paris terror attacks and ISIS extremism in the Middle East and Africa, a new study released at the Institute of Economics and Peace at the University of Maryland found that the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is the deadliest group in the world. ... continue reading

Was Queen Nefertiti's hidden tomb finally found? Two secret chambers may have been discovered in King Tut's tomb Watch

Image of Dr. Nicholas Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance, uncovering the


It's very exciting news for the archaeological world. Researchers at King Tutankhamen's tomb say there are new indications of hidden chambers that may be concealed by walls. Infrared thermography used to measure the temperature of each of the walls of the tomb ... continue reading

All Africa News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 11:1-10
1 A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse, a new shoot will grow from ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
1 [Of Solomon] God, endow the king with your own fair judgement, the son ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:21-24
21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 1st, 2015 Image

St. Eligius
December 1: Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 ... Read More