July 24, 2014

UNAMA welcomes Afghanistan’s findings on prisoners torture

By Sayed Jawad - Mon Feb 11, 8:15 pm

UNAMA (2)UNAMA notes the announcement today of the main findings and recommendations of the President’s fact-finding delegation tasked to investigate torture and ill-treatment of detainees by Afghan authorities in Afghan detention facilities. UNAMA has not yet received a copy of the delegation’s report.

According to a statement released by United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, “UNAMA welcomes the establishment of the delegation and its work.”

The statement further added, “As reported, the delegation stated it found the existence of torture and ill-treatment of Afghan detainees at the time of arrest and during investigation by Afghan police and national security officials.”

UNAMA also added, “The delegation reported that almost 48 per cent of those interviewed had said they were tortured, and 66 per cent said they had no access to defence lawyers. The delegation proposed 11 recommendations to relevant Afghan institutions to address torture, ill-treatment and prolonged illegal detention.”

“UNAMA welcomes the Government’s attention and increased efforts to address this serious problem in Afghan detention facilities” UN officials said adding that, “UNAMA looks forward to receiving and reviewing the delegation’s report, and providing follow up suggestions to improve detention policies and practices.”

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, United Nations announced following a report.

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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