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Shame and Impunity: Is violence against women becoming more brutal?

Wazhma Samandary

A father raping his daughter over almost ten years without the family daring to intervene (except to help with abortions); a woman burnt after a family fight; another woman mutilated because her husband enjoyed doing so – these are just some of the cases of violence against women and girls that have been reported in […]

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The ‘Other Guantanamo’ (11): More transfers, a court’s scrutiny and possible redress

Kate Clark

The United States military spokesman has confirmed to AAN that another detainee has left the detention facility on Bagram Airbase, a ‘German-Moroccan’, Muhammad Abdullawi. A Russian detainee, named by the US military as Irek Hamidullan, has also been flown out – to the US to appear in a federal court on terrorism charges; the first […]

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Karzai struggles against foreign detentions – state releases Taleban?

Kate Clark

In the last weeks of his presidency, President Hamed Karzai has again been trying to eradicate the last traces of foreign involvement in detentions, sending a commission to investigate the so-called Tor Jail, an American interrogation facility on Bagram airbase, and reactivating the Afghan Review Board, which had been sifting detainees transferred by the US […]

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Mystery surrounds move of Afghan ‘torturer in chief’ to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse

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Washington Post, 29 April 2014 A protrait of Haji Gulalai who, writes the daily, “had run Afghan intelligence operations in Kandahar after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 and later served as head of the spy service’s detention and interrogation branch. After 2009, his whereabouts were unknown”.  

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Pakistani detainee speaks of ordeal in Bagram prison

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Press TV (Iran), 14 April 2014 The website of this Iranian TV channel reports the case of a Pakistani truck driver and former Bagram prison inmate who alleges that he has been tortured there while the facility was still under US control. For background, the report adds: "In July 2013, the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), […]

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“Terrorgefangene“ in Afghanistan frei: Karsai überstimmt Obama

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin/online), 10 January 2013 Op-ed article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on President Karzai’s decision to release 72 Afghan detainees declared “dangerous” by the US government from Bagram (in German).

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Torture, Illegal Armed Groups: Signs of Possible Afghan Government Action?

Kate Clark

Many were surprised by the eventual response of the Afghan government to the detailed allegations made by UNAMA in January concerning torture carried out by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Afghan National Police (ANP). The government’s initial denials that any problem existed were predictable enough, but were followed by President Karzai ordering […]

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Kabul räumt erstmals Folter ein

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 11 February 2013. After the Karzai government’s enquiry confirmed an UN report about torture in Afghan jails, AAN’s Kate Clark comments: ‘I am glad that the UN report was confirmed. The problem is simply to big for a denial. Now it is important to draw the consequences.’.

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General Allen Leaves with an Improved Report Card on Civilian Casualties and Torture

Kate Clark

Today, 10 February 2012, the commander of ISAF and US forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, leaves after a year and a half in the job. ‘When I got here,’ he told The New York Times, ‘I measured success in how well and how often we were fighting. Today, it’s a very different environment. The […]

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Ambiguous about Torture: Zero Dark Thirty, the Movie

Kate Clark

Oscar-winning film director, Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the search for and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden. The film has proved controversial – praised by some for its cool realism, it has also been castigated for inaccuracies. Above all, though, it has been accused of justifying torture. AAN […]

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Folter in Afghanistan: «Guantanomo ist kein gutes Vorbild»

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SRF4 (Swiss Radio), 21 January 2013 Listen to an audio (in German), with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig commenting on UNAMA’s recent report about torture in Afghan security services installations, including that particularly the US, with Gunatanamo and renditions of terror suspects to countries that torture, have not been a convincing example to persuade Afghan authorities to […]

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UN Torture Report: still no accountability for torture

Kate Clark

UNAMA’s new report on the torture of ‘conflict related detainees’ makes bleak reading and not only because of the scale and weight of evidence against Afghan intelligence and the police. UNAMA reported that more than half of those interviewed had experienced torture or ill-treatment. They included children as young as 14. The UN also says […]

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