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Torture, ill-treatment “rife” during suspect interrogations: UN envoy

Torture, coercion and other forms of ill-treatment remain rife in some parts of the world during interviews of criminal suspects in an investigative context, a UN independent expert has said.

Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, said that many law enforcement officials have been “conditioned to accept torture” as a necessary method to drive criminals to confess.

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Campaign to end gender-based violence in South Sudan

Weak law enforcement institutions and some traditional cultural practices hinder victims of gender-based violence in South Sudan from reporting these incidents to the authorities.

That’s according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, which has launched a campaign targeting women in four camps for internally displaced people (IDPs).

Leda Limann heads the UNMISS field office in Warrap State which is behind the campaign.

She talks to David Lukan about the scope of the challenge.