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US halts Afghan prisoner transfers over torture concerns, report says

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Stars and Stripes, 17 January 2013 In this report about another glitch in US-Afghan relations over prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as calling Afghan officials’ claims that allegations of torture in the country’s prisons are wrong, as not credible. She adds that ‘It looks like something has gone wrong with the ISAF program to […]

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A Taleban Foothold in the North: Faryab fighting up after transition

Obaid Ali

While the attention of the Afghan government and the media is focused on major battles in the south of the country, the Taleban are making further headway in a northern region after the closure of the Norwegian PRT in September. In Faryab province, the Taleban have already established footholds in far-flung mountainous areas and are […]

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Torture claims halt MoD transfers to Afghan jails

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‘A determined attempt by the [British] Ministry of Defence to transfer insurgents to Afghan jails was blocked by the high court on Friday after it heard evidence that they would be handed over to a notorious torturer and alleged killer’, the British daily reports. ‘ The court heard how the Foreign Office minister Lady Warsi […]

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Army ‘waterboarding victim’ who spent 17 years in jail is cleared of murder

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The Guardian, 21 June 2012 Article describes very familiar interrogation methods, but here they were used by the UK in their fight against the IRA in the 1970s. After 4 decades an appeals court has now thrown out a confession obtained through ‘water boarding’ and unlawful detention; luckily for the accused his death sentence was […]

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The Trouble with Torture: NDS, Special Forces and the CIA

Kate Clark

Fresh evidence of abuse in more than a dozen NDS and police facilities has been presented in a report by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and Open Societies Foundations (OSF). The allegations, which include testimony of security detainees being beaten, given electric shocks and having their genitals wrenched, were described by NDS as […]

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Torture By Music

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BBC, 26 March 2012 A British citizen who was released after two years in Guantanamo, and never charged with any crime thereafter, reports that the tirture technique he feared most was being tortured with music. Listen to a documentary that charts the progress of him, alongside other ex-detainees, campaigners and psychologists, as they attempt to […]

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The End of the Affair? Taleban Suspend Talks

Kate Clark

The Taleban have announced that they are suspending talks with the Americans, only six weeks after the opening of their political office in Qatar. In a statement, they described the US approach as ‘shaky, erratic and vague’ and accused the Americans of breaching a memorandum of understanding which had been previously arrived at. This decision […]

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Afghanistan’s ‘Cumulative’ Protests and the West’s Dilemma (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan has seen its largest protests since the fall of the Taleban. For six days in a row, demonstrations protested the burning of copies of the Qur’an at Bagram airbase in about half of the Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Roads were blocked, ISAF bases stormed and an UN office targeted and there were calls for jihad […]

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NDS Torture: UN Report Makes Bleak Reading

Kate Clark

UNAMA has released a major report on torture in National Directorate of Security (NDS) and police detention. For those of us who have worked on war crimes investigations post-1978, it makes desolate reading. The places of torture and many of the methods are familiar from testimony from victims of previous governments, including the Taleban’s. What […]

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Acting on Old News? NATO Suspends Detainee Transfers in Afghanistan

Sari Kouvo

NATO has temporarily suspended detainee transfers to a number of detention centers in Afghanistan. This decision was taken pending the release of a so far unreleased UN report that is said to document mistreatment and torture in Afghan detention centers. AAN’s Sari Kouvo* ponders how this can be breaking news for NATO and ISAF troop […]

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