Evidence on alleged racist attrocities in southern Africa has been heard by a committee of the United Nations Human rights Commission, sitting in Nairobi on Tuesday (23 July).
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Background: Evidence on alleged racist attrocities in southern Africa has been heard by a committee of the United Nations Human rights Commission, sitting in Nairobi on Tuesday (23 July).
The committee Chairman, Senegalese Chief Justice Keba Mbaye, declared at the end of the day's sitting that members had heard substantial testimony about continuing attrocities. The evidence heard related to violations of human rights in South Africa, Namibia, Rhodesia, and the Portuguese territories of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.
Witnesses interviewed in Nairobi had mostly left their native countries some time ago, and their testimony corroborated earlier evidence. But, said Justice Mbaye, one refugee had fled form Rhodesia only recently, and he claimed that "unbelievable attrocities" were being committed against Africans by the Rhodesia police reinforced from South Africa.
Many of the people interviewed gave accounts of torture being used against prisoners.
The Human Rights committee started its hearing in London ten days ago, and will conclude its investigations in Geneva on August 24. A report on findings will be submitted early next year.