Afghanistan Tortures Prisoners: Report
The NDS has 'secret places' for torture, official says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2013 6:20 PM CST
In this Monday, April 25, 2011, file photo, a prisoner looks out of his cell window at the main prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)

(Newser) – Afghanistan is torturing nearly a third of prisoners handed over by NATO and using secret facilities to do it, according to an anticipated UN report. What's more, several hundred prisoners interviewed for the report offered "credible and reliable evidence" that more than 50% of them have been abused or tortured. They recounted 14 gruesome methods, including extracting fingernails, twisting genitals, electric shocks, beatings with pipes, and threats of rape and execution, reports Reuters.

The country's domestic spy agency, the NDS, has "several secret places in which they detain and torture people," an Afghan official said in the report. "All tortured detainees were ... transferred to another building inside the same compound to hide them." The European Union said it was "deeply concerned" by the findings and urged Afghan officials to "bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice." But this isn't exactly new: Coalition countries stopped giving prisoners to Afghanistan after a 2011 report accused Afghans of torturing hundreds of detainees, including children.

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Jan 21, 2013 10:03 AM CST
good for them why in the hell do we care??????
Jan 21, 2013 4:44 AM CST
SO WHAT? "Afghanistan is torturing nearly a third of prisoners handed over by NATO and using secret facilities to do it". And this differs from CIA black-sites how ? I would find it extremely hard to believe that the US isn't in enthusiastic collusion with the Afghans on their use of torture, just like we were in Libya. Besides, the Afghans aren't doing anything wrong, they're just working "sort of, through the dark side, if you will", right? mmm, I love a big steaming bowl of hypocrisy for breakfast, it's my favorite way to start my day.
Jan 21, 2013 3:00 AM CST
Well, haven't American troops been there "training" them for some time now? Not even America's current President (never mind their previous one) can bring himself to saying "I will stop murdering and torturing people" so we EXPECT this.