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Papua New Guinea: Video of man mauled by police dogs must be investigated

The Papua New Guinea authorities must carry out an independent investigation into the alleged brutality of a police dog squad, after a graphic video depicting a seemingly defenceless man being repeatedly attacked emerged, Amnesty International said today.

In the film, which has been widely shared on social media, the man is seen sitting on the ground, surrounded by officers holding three leashed dogs as they lunge and attack him.

While the footage has not yet been verified, it raises serious concerns about torture and other ill-treatment by the police.

Roseann Rife, spokesperson for Amnesty International, said:

“This appalling incident raises serious questions about police brutality.

“The Papua New Guinea authorities must act on this shocking footage and immediately initiate an independent investigation. Torture is unacceptable under any circumstances and those responsible must be brought to justice.

“The seriousness of this incident is highlighted by this man’s humiliation and his screams of pain. It is difficult to watch.”

A marked police vehicle and officers in uniforms are clearly visible in the video. At the end of the film, the man manages to escape and runs off into the distance.

The organisation is calling for clear public assurances and action by the Papua New Guinea government that torture and other ill-treatment by the police will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

The video footage can be viewed here  

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