The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) has ruled that the Zimbabwe government is responsible for the torture of human rights lawyer Gabriel Shumba, in a landmark ruling that sets a new precedent against impunity in Africa.
The ACHPR has now given Zimbabwe 90 days to act on the decision, including launching an investigation into the torture that Shumba was subjected to in 2003.
Shumba was arrested by the police and CIO officials in Zimbabwe in 2003, while attending to a client. During his detention he was kicked, beaten and severely tortured and ill-treated for several hours. He was threatened with death, electrocuted, burned with chemicals and suffered other serious abuses.
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