[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Mendez [official profile; press release] concluded his nine-day visit to the Republic of Tajikistan [BBC profile] on Friday, stating that he was pleased with the country's recent modifications designed to aid in eradicating torture, but that mistreatment of suspects remains the norm. Mendez is especially encouraged by the recent introduction of a new criminal provision that defines torture and provides penalties for it. He does believe, however, that "a relatively low penalty...

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