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Afghan prisoners still tortured

2013-01-20 21:26

Kabul - The United Nations says Afghan authorities are still torturing prisoners, such as hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables, a year after the UN first documented the abuse and the Afghan government promised detention reform.

In a report issued on Sunday, the UN says there has been little progress in curbing abuse in Afghan prisons despite a year of effort by the UN and international military forces in Afghanistan. The report also cites instances where Afghan authorities have tried to hide mistreatment from UN monitors.

Aimal Faizi, a spokesperson for the Afghan president, says it was not Afghan policy to torture or abuse prisoners.

He says the government has started investigating and will take action regarding cases of abuse mentioned in the UN report.