[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
NATO suspends Afghan prison transfers
Allegations that Afghan-run prisons are torturing inmates have complicated NATO's plans to wind down operations.
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2011 00:47
A UN report states that prisoners in Afghan custody were threatend with sexual assualt and electric shock [Reuters]

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan has suspended its transfer of detainees to Afghan prisons following allegations by the UN that prisoners are being tortured.

The allegations were leaked on Tuesday ahead of a UN report that claims prisoners have been beaten with rubber hoses, threatened with sexual assault and given electric shocks.

A NATO official said that transfers have been suspended pending an investigation by the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF).

The suspension affects detention centres run by the Afghan police and intelligence service in Herat, Khost, Lagman, Kapisa and Takhar.

Dan McNorton, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told Al Jazeera that it shared its findings with the Afghan government, including the national directorate of security. 

"We understand they are taking the findings very seriously and are proposing a series of remedial actions,"  McNorton said.

"Our findings indicate that the mistreatment of detainees is not an institutional or government policy of the Government of Afghanistan."

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Professor Scott Horton of Columbia Law School described the allegations as "a major complication" to NATO's plans to wind down its presence in Afghanistan.

"The NATO nations are members of the convention against torture," he said. "Article III requires that if they  have reason to believe that a person if turned over to another government would be tortured, they're not permitted to turn them over. So the decision that was taken today is exactly what is required of them."

"I think, inevitably, it will slow [the withdrawal of forces] down unless this could be corrected," Horton added.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
People are starving in southern Somalia while relief efforts are blocked by government and rebel fighting.
Some scientists say authorities in favour of nuclear energy tend to deny the negative results of researchers.
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
Experts from Minamata, Japan check for signs of mercury illnesses in Ontario, Canada.
join our mailing list