August 20, 2014

Afghan delegation confirm UN report on prisoners torture

By Meena Haseeb - Mon Feb 11 2013, 8:51 am

Afghan delegation confirm UN report on prisoners tortureThe Afghan delegation assigned by president Hamid Karzai to probe detainees torture and humiliation confirmed the UN report regarding Afghan jails.

According to presidential palace officials the delegation presented their findings to president Karzai which confirms prisoners torture and humiliation.

The report also added that majority of the toture takes place during the detention of the prisoners by security forces.

The delegation was assigned after United Nations following a report expressed concerns regarding the prisoners situation in Afghan jails.

The use of torture has risen in Afghan police jails over the past year, and there are “credible reports” the country’s intelligence service has created secret prisons and sometimes hides detainees from international observers, a damning UN survey has found.

Just over half of prisoners held in connection with Afghanistan’s long-running war endured torture or ill-treatment while in custody between October 2011 and October 2012, with 14 different methods recorded, including electric shocks, twisting of genitals, beatings with cables and rifle butts and suspension from the wrists or feet.

The report revealed that 326 of 635 prisoners interviewed across the country said they had been abused, including 80 minors.

The United Nations also said 81 people imprisoned in southwestern Kandahar disappeared between September 2011 and October 2012.

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