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Afghans Learned the Art of Torturing Their Prisoners From the West

Sputnik – 27.09.2016

There were 77 cases of prisoner torture registered in Afghan jails last year, almost 10 times more than in 2000, a local human rights commission announced in a report.

According to the report, inmates were being tortured in Kunduz, Baglan, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Herat – provinces controlled by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The torturers went unpunished

In an interview with Sputnik, Sima Samar, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission chief, said that none of those responsible for mistreating prisoners have so far been brought to justice.

“Our commission has registered multiple instances of excesses committed by Interior and National Security Ministry officials working in state penitentiaries. We condemn this practice and hope that such inhuman and anti-Islamic actions will never happen again,” Sima Samar said.

She added that a thorough investigation by state and security officials was the only way to of improving the situation.

Taliban supporters tortured

According to the report, people suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks and of links to the Taliban were tortured until they started making confessions.

Inmates were subjected to various kinds of physical abuse from beatings and electric shocks to being beaten with canes, sticks, rifle butts and whips. Many were also forced to stand for hours on end.

Are all those tortured really guilty?

Judging from the report, however, almost 300 people across Afghanistan were sentenced either by mistake or without any solid proof of their guilt.

These people are the type who could have been subjected to torture.

The report also mentioned hundreds of prisoners who went missing in 2015, adding that the past few years have seen a steady rise in the number of such “disappearances.”

See also:

UN Claim 35% of Detainees in Afghanistan Conflict Subjected to Torture

September 28, 2016 - Posted by | Subjugation - Torture, Timeless or most popular | ,


  1. In the posted article there is reference to A report.
    Can the report be linked to the article? Or any info given on were the report can be obtained?

    Comment by masteradrian | September 28, 2016 | Reply

    • Nothing linked at Sputnik.

      Comment by aletho | September 28, 2016 | Reply

      • In reaction to the posted article: Does you reaction mean that in general there are no links posted in Sputnik posts, or do you mean that in the posted article specifically there are no links posted?
        I am interested in the referred to report, any idea as to how to obtain the report?

        Comment by masteradrian | September 29, 2016 | Reply

        • Sputnik did not link to that particular report. Perhaps because it was not written in the English language or perhaps it had been published in local print media but not online.

          Further queries could be made to Sputnik.

          Comment by aletho | September 29, 2016 | Reply

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