Namibia: Justice delayed is justice denied: The Caprivi treason trial

Namibia: Justice delayed is justice denied: The Caprivi treason trial

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Index Number: AFR 42/001/2003
Date Published: 3 August 2003
Categories: Africa, Namibia

Amnesty International is concerned that violations of the defendants' pre-trial rights may seriously undermine their right to a fair hearing in accordance with international standards articulated in the ICCPR and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). This report provides an overview of the events which led to the Caprivi uprising in August 1999, including the government's initial response to the attack. In light of Namibia's human rights obligations under these international treaties, the report examines the violations of the Caprivi defendants' pre-trial rights, including torture and ill-treatment, poor prison conditions, initial lack of legal representation, flawed investigations and denial of bail. The report concludes with recommendations to the relevant Namibian authorities for action to protect the human rights of the Caprivi defendants, particularly in respect of the fact that their rights to a prompt hearing, to be presumed innocent, to have adequate time to prepare a defence and to have legal aid have already been undermined.


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