December 18, 2014

Hamid Karzai orders prosecution for prisoners torturers

By Sayed Jawad - Sun Feb 17 2013, 10:21 am

Hamid Karzai orders prosecution for prisoners torturersAfghan president Hamid Karzai has issued a decree to implement the Afghan delegation’s suggestions who recently visited Afghan jails in a bid to probe reports regarding the detainees torture by security forces.

According to the presidential decree Afghan attorney general has been instructed to immediately detain those involved behind the torture of the prisoners.

The decree further added that immediate actions must be taken in order to prevent any prisoners torture without any reason in the future.

President Hamid Karzai issued the decree on Saturday which consists of 12 articles and was forwarded to media agencies through ministers cabinet
secretarian on Sturday.

A spokesman for the cabinet ministers secretariat Rafi Ferdous quoted by Radio Free Europe (RFE) said the presidential decree will hopefully have a positive impact on prisons situation in the country.

He said, “President Hamid Karzai issued a decree consisting of 12 articles and instructed various government institutions to take necessary actions in this regard and strictly follow cases where prisoners have been tortured.”

President Karzai has also instructed to investigate the prisoners cases and forward it to Afghan attorney general office. Karzai has also instructed relevant departments in Afghan interior ministry, Afghan spy agency and Attorney General office to find out facts behind the prisoners torture.

Interior ministry and national directorate of security (NDS) have also been instructed in the presidential decree to provide facilities for the prisoners to have access to lawyers.

The presidential decree is followed by a factfinding report of an Afghan delegation who visited the prisons after United Nations issued a report regarding the torture and humiliation of prisoners.

The delegation on Monday confirmed the widespread torture of detainees in Afghan prisons, after a two-week investigation into a United Nations report that found such abuse was happening.

Afghan investigators found that nearly half of the 284 prisoners interviewed had been tortured, and many had not been given access to a lawyer. But the official who announced the findings denied that the abuse was a “systematic” problem.

Fourteen types of torture were described in the UN report, including beatings with cables and pipes, attacks on the genitals, threats of execution or rape, electric shocks and forced stress positions.

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

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