Afghan conflict-related detainees suffer 'systematic' torture

Detainees at Bamyan Central Prison, Afghanistan

 

Afghan detainees across the country have been subjected to some form of torture by Afghan authorities, according to a new UN report. 

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) concluded this after interviewing detainees related to the conflict, who were being held by the police or the country's intelligence agency. 

The Mission says it expects the report's findings will lead to reforms in the judiciary and law enforcement sectors. 

Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA's director for human rights, explains the report: 

"As a result of extensive monitoring and interviews with at least 400 detainees in Afghan detention centres around the country we found almost half of the detainees had been tortured by either the NDS or the Afghan National Police and the treatment they received meets the international definition of torture which is severe physical or mental pain meted out by a state official aimed at getting a confession or information." 

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