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Torture of adults and children detained in Afghan conflict is widespread, finds UN

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6773 (Published 18 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6773
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

People detained on conflict related charges in facilities run by the Afghan intelligence service and national police, including a number of children, have been tortured and denied medical care, says a report.

The report, released in Kabul, follows an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that included extensive interviews conducted between October 2010 and August 2011 with 379 detainees at 47 facilities.

The investigation found “compelling evidence” that 125 of the 273 detainees held by the intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security, experienced torture and that 41 of …

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