The month of April saw torture being sustained. On 14 April, Nixon Nyikadzino a.k.a Mao, an NCA activist was tortured by Military Intelligence agents. A woman who was with the agents sexually assaulted him and his cousin. The Human Rights Forum deplores the torture of Mao and urges the Government to bring to book perpetrators of this shameful and unlawful act.
The Forum further urges the Government to comply with international norms on torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment as stipulated in the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). To show its seriousness in upholding international norms, the Human Rights Forum urges the Government of Zimbabwe to ratify and domesticate CAT. The Human Rights Forum also expresses shock and disgust at the manner in which Mao and his cousin were tortured by state agents.