Detainees are tortured in Afghanistan, says UN report

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Torture of conflict-related detainees persists and remains a serious concern in a number of detention facilities across Afghanistan, according to the UN mission in the country (UNAMA).

In a report released on Sunday, UNAMA says this is happening despite significant efforts by the government and international partners to address ill-treatment of the detainees.

The report is based on interviews with 635 conflict-related detainees held by the Afghan National Police, the National Directorate of Security, the Afghan National Army or the local police.

The report was compiled after visits to almost 90 detention facilities in 30 provinces from October 2011 to October 2012.

It found that more than half of the conflict-related detainees interviewed experienced ill treatment and torture, particularly in 34 facilities of the Afghan National Police.

UNAMA says the findings reinforce the urgent and long-term need for reforms in the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement.

It recommends, among other measures, the creation of an independent national mechanism which could be located within the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission to prevent torture.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations.

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