Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Investigating Claims of Afghan Prison Torture

Karzai calls for prison torture investigation
After initially denying charges, Kabul government forms delegation to investigate claims of Afghan prison torture.

22 Jan 2013 - The Afghan government has set up a delegation to investigate reports of torture in Afghan-run detention facilities.

The delegation, which was announced on Tuesday, was created two days after the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan published a report on the "ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees in Afghan custody."

The fact-finding team - including advisors from the interior ministry and the National Directorate of Security, the Afghan intelligence agency, which were both implicated in the report - will be "tasked to fully investigate the claims of torture, mistreatment, death threats and sexual abuse in prisons, and any faults or misconduct during questioning and trial of detainees."

The UN report, based on interviews with hundreds of detainees held in 89 facilities between October 2011 and October 2012, details 14 abusive practices, including the twisting of genitals, extracting fingernails and electric shock. read more>>>

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