April 24, 2014

UNAMA vows cooperation to end prisoners torture in Afghanistan

By Meena Haseeb - Fri Feb 15 2013, 9:44 am

UNAMA vows cooperation to end prisoners torture in AfghanistanUnited Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the outcome of the Judicial Committee of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held yesterday under the chairmanship of President Hamid Karzai concerning the recommendations of the fact-finding delegation tasked to investigate torture and ill-treatment in detention facilities.

According to a statement released by UNAMA, “This follows issues raised by the UNAMA report Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghan Custody: One Year On released on 20 January 2013. The Committee approved the delegation’s report and instructed the relevant authorities to take measures to implement the recommendations.”

The statement further added, “UNAMA urges speedy and full implementation of the recommendations approved by the Committee, recalls recommendations contained in the UNAMA report, and stands ready to cooperate with relevant authorities and institutions to end and prevent torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Afghan detention facilities.”

An Afghan government panel 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.

The admission appeared to be a significant reversal for the Afghan government, which only last month said similar accusations in a United Nations report were “exaggerated” and “untrue”.

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