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NDS, MoI deny maltreatment of prisoners

NDS, MoI deny maltreatment of prisoners

Mar 20, 2012 - 16:41

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) on Tuesday rejected allegations that prisoners in Afghan jails are being mistreated.

Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) alleged in a recnt report that NDS and MoI officials had given electric shocks to prisoners.

In some instances, the rights watchdog claimed, the authorities even hanged inmates from ceilings to extort confessional statements from them.

But the MoI rejected the report as baseless, saying that human right officials’ visits to prisons were facilitated. The ministry said it respected international conventions and never opposed their endforcement in the country.

Meanwhile, the spy agency also denied the IHRC report and said representatives from the parliamentary complaints commission, Attorney General's Office, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and rights’ body had been monitoring the prison situation.

The government of President Hamid Karzai said in February the US detention facility at Bagram in central Parwan province would be transferred to Afghan control within a month.


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