HRW: 200 hidden detention centers exist in Afghanistan

  • Date of Publication : 29/07/2016 at 10:40 GMT
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The Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a report about the detention of children for alleged association with armed opposition in Afghanistan, announced that there are 200 hidden detention centers in Afghanistan.

According to Asia News Agency, based on a report released by (HRW), the Afghan Security Forces have arrested hundreds of children and adolescents less than 18 years old on charges of threatening national interests.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its recent report claims that about two hundred secret detention centers exist in the country in which a large number of children, for alleged links to the Taliban, planning suicide attacks or cooperation with rebels are detained.

The report also states that the hidden prisons are managed by the police, army and the Afghan national security forces.

The report has also noted a detention center in Parwan, created by MoD, as an example of the hidden detention centers in which 166 children on were detained on charges of security threats in 2015.

based on government ‘s figures, in October 2014, about 7500 were arrested by Afghan security forces on charges of security threats, which this figure, is four times more than the figure in 2011.

Based on interviews conducted by the offices of the United Nations, about 13 percent of inmates, about 900, are children under the age of eighteen.

According to Human Rights Watch, torturing is quite normal in Afghanistan’s detention centers.

Based on the findings of the United Nations, among 800 people who were detained in 2013 and 2014, signs of torture have been seen on the bodies of 35% of them, after they were interviewed.

The Afghan government has not commented on the matter yet, but earlier, has always rejected the reports similar to this.

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