Early in the year five soldiers and two police special constables were arrested for allegedly forcing several Zimbabwean detainees to perform sex acts on one another in November 2005.
The accused were released on bail pending trial and suspended from duty.
RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTSSection 1 Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom From:a.
Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life The government or its agents did not commit any politically motivated killings; however, police shot and killed six individuals in three separate incidents.
Unlike in the previous year, there were no reports that police harassed human rights activists or forcibly dispersed demonstrators.
Prison and Detention Center Conditions Prison conditions remained poor; however, prison deaths decreased during the year, primarily due to the introduction of anti-retroviral (ARV) drug treatment in prisons.
Four officers were given administrative discipline in one case; the other two complaints were still being investigated at year's end.
By September 1, 33 prisoners had died in custody, primarily from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses, fewer than half the number at the same point in 2005.
They were convicted, fined, and dismissed from the police service.Voluntary and free HIV testing, peer counseling, and anti-retroviral drug treatment were available to prisoners.In September, 434 prisoners were receiving ARV treatment, and three HIV-positive pregnant prisoners began participating in a "prevention of mother-to-child transmission" program.Committees appointed by the minister of labor and home affairs visited each prison facility quarterly.Although the committees documented their findings, their reports were not made public.