UNAMA: Taliban torture prisoners with electric shocks, asphyxiation, and beatings

by Aamaj News

The Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) published a new report stating that the Taliban tortured the prisoners with electric shocks, asphyxiation, and physical beatings.

UNAMA added that it has registered more than 1,600 human rights violations of people detained by the Taliban.

In the report issued by UNAMA on torture and degrading treatment, it is stated that 259 cases involved physical suffering and 207 cases involved mental suffering.

UNAMA put in that Nearly 50 percent of these violations comprise acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

According to UNAMA, the cases were registered from 1 January 2022 to 31 July 2023 in 34 provinces of Afghanistan, of which 11% of the violated cases are related to women.

The UNAMA report shows that the mental health of women in Afghanistan is deteriorating.

“The personal accounts of beatings, electric shocks, water torture, and numerous other forms of cruel and degrading treatment, along with threats made against individuals and their families, are harrowing. Torture is forbidden in all circumstances,” said Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“This report suggests that torture is also used as a tool – in lieu of effective investigations. I urge all concerned de facto authorities to put in place concrete measures to halt these abuses and hold perpetrators accountable,” he added.

This report was prepared and published based on the statements of 44% of civilians, 21% of government employees (former government soldiers), 16% of members of civil organizations, 9% of members of armed groups, and 8% of journalists and media.

Roza Otenbayeva, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General, has also said that the documented cases require immediate and urgent actions.

“There is a pressing need to consider more engagement with the de facto authorities to end these practices, and I hope the report and its recommendations are seized upon as a matter of priority,” remarked Roza Otunbayeva, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA.

The Taliban haven’t responded to this report yet.



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