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Afghanistan: torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees is a matter of serious concern

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“The continuing torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees is a matter of serious concern, but we acknowledge the genuine commitment and the efforts of the Government to deal with this issue”, said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. The findings are based on interviews with 469 conflict-related detainees conducted from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016 in 62 detention facilities administered and they talked about an Afganistan that did not change with weidspread misstreatment and torture against conflict-releated detainees. The torture appears to be linked to forcing confessions, according to the report, and stopped once detainees signed a “confession” 8211 even in cases when the interviewed detainees did not understand or could not read what was written in the “confession. But this system of locking up alleged criminal does not increase the security, because when the people undergo a torture, they will will say anything to stop it; considering this that confessions produced in this matter are “totally unreliable”. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan called for proper monitoring of detention facilities in Afghanistan and meaningful investigations to ensure that those accused of torture are brought to trial and held accountable as the only way to make the country fairer, more secure and more peaceful.

A young man has find the death in a police station in Giza

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A young man has find the death in a police station in Giza. The autopsy is still in process to know exactely the causes of his death. However, it seems that he died after had been torturated. He passed 2 weeks in Police Station, accused of the murder of his grand-mother. The mother visited her two sons at this station, where she was shocked to find that the face of one of her sons bore evidence of severe torture. In response, the mother filed a complaint at the state-run National Council for Human Rights, citing that her son had been subject to torture at the hands of police personnel. More globally, we can notice that according to a report published by independent NGO Al-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, 16 individuals have died in detention in the month of January 2017 alone, while 49 were subjected to torture at the hands of police.


Organization againts terrorism receives at least 15/20 complaints of torture per month

The Tunisian organization against torture receives 15 to 20 complaints of torture and mistreatment a month, said its president Radhia Nasraoui. She asserted that torture is a practice that persists in Tunisia. According to the president of the organization, the criminalization of torture (while excluding the prescription) and the creation of a national mechanism against torture are the main gains of the revolution. Radhia Nasraoui participated Saturday in a meeting in Medenine on the relations between citizens and the police. In another connection, the activist voiced readiness to defend the right of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to a fair trial if he confesses his crimes against the Tunisian people and apologizes. She refuses, however, to take up his case, she insisted. Tackling the theme of the meeting, Radhia Nasraoui asserted not to feed any grudge against the police despite the abuses suffered under the old regime.

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