Since 1977 Seychelles has been an authoritarian,
socialist state. In 1979 the government adopted a new
constitution that failed to provide for basic human
instead includes them in a preamble as a goal of the
people. René has also intimidated dissidents and opponents
threatening to invoke the Public Security Act, which
indefinite detention in security cases. Moreover, he often
opponents or orders the confiscation of their property.
years, numerous credible reports indicate that the police
prisoners. Invariably, the government dismisses complaints
against police officers charged with such practices. By
1990s, the Seychellois human rights record had improved
as the government adopted a less belligerent attitude
dissidents and opposition groups.
Data as of August 1994