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U.S. Military Halts Detainee Transfers to Afghan Prisons Fearing Human Rights Abuses

Feb 17th, 2013 detention

The International Security Assistance Force, led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), reports that the United States military has suspended the transfer of detainees to certain prisons in Afghanistan out of growing and continued concern for human rights abuses and torture, according to The New York Times.

The article further states that, during the summit discussions between Presidents Hamid Karzai and Obama in January, President Karzai demanded that Afghanistan remain in control of all detentions within the country’s borders. Afghan officials have explicitly denied any maltreatment within the prison systems.

General Director of the Prisons Department in the Ministry of the Interior, Amir Mohammad Jamshidi, commented on the situation as follows:

I dismiss all the allegations of torture and mistreatment of prisoners in Afghan prisons. I have not heard anything about Americans’ decision to halt or cut their support or transfer of detainees to the Afghan side.

You can read the full Times article here.


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