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ISAF Studying Afghan Rights Commission Report On Inhumane Treatment Of Detainees

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has said that it is examining in detail a report by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on the inhumane treatment of detainees in the country "to determine if additional suspensions of transfer (of detainees to any notified Afghan jails) are warranted."

"ISAF and the Afghan Government are committed to ensuring the safety of all detainees and ensuring they are treated in a humane manner that meets ISAF and Afghan obligations," ISAF commander Gen. John R. Allen said in a statement on Tuesday in response to the AIHRC report . "Though our program has been successful so far in addressing detention operations in Afghanistan, we are examining the report in detail now to determine if additional suspensions of transfer are warranted," Allen added.

Currently, 14 of the 16 facilities that ISAF had previously halted transfers have completed the remediation and inspection program. These have now been certified and are able to again receive detainees.

The International Security Assistance Force said it strongly agrees with the AIHRC report that highlighted the ISAF six-phase program and its proactive response plan implemented following the Oct. 10, 2011 UNAMA report.

The AIHRC report titled "Torture, Transfers, and Denial of Due Process: The Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan" was published on Monday.

Four of the facilities listed in this report were previously listed in the earlier UNAMA report and have been enrolled in the ISAF certification program. These include NDS Kabul 124, NDS Herat, NDS Kandahar and NDS Laghman which are among 16 facilities that ISAF suspended due to intelligence reports and evidence provided by UNAMA. ISAF noted that most of the cases of abuse described in the AIHRC report occurred prior to the implementation of ISAF's six-phase remediation plan and inspections regime. Although the AIHRC alleges instances of post-suspension transfers, ISAF said it investigated these claims prior to the release of the report, and made it clear that no ISAF or USFOR-A detainees were transferred to any suspended Afghan facility.

In response to earlier discussions with AIHRC, ISAF recently suspended detainee transfers to four additional Afghan facilities, which are identified in their report. These are NDS Badakshan, NDS Wardak, NDS Nangahar and ANP Kandahar.

Gen Allen said ISAF will investigate the allegation pertaining to the NDS Keshim District facility in the report, and that the coalition forces take all allegations seriously. Additionally, ISAF is monitoring the NDS Helmand, Helmand Juvenile Corrections Center and NDS Kabul Dept 40 facilities for compliance with Afghan law and international standards.

Allen pledged that ISAF and its international partner nations will provide additional training and resources as needed.

by RTT Staff Writer

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