Torture in Afghanistan is RealityBy Ali Yar Khan • Oct 15th, 2011 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 8 Comments
War is gruesome regardless of time and place. Civilians are the most suffered ones. There is one thing which is called as collateral damage and then there is another thing which is systematic use of violence, torture and power to subjugate the people.
The United Nations says torture is practiced systematically in some Afghan intelligence detention centres and that children under 18 are among those who suffered, according to a report published last Monday. The UN mission in Afghanistan said it had “compelling evidence” that Afghan intelligence officials at five centres “systematically tortured detainees for the purpose of obtaining confessions and information.”
Detainees described being hung by the wrists from the wall or ceiling; and being beaten especially with rubber hoses, electric cables or wires or wooden sticks and most frequently on the soles of the feet, the report said. Electric shock, stress positions including forced standing, removal of toenails and threatened sexual abuse were among other forms of torture that detainees reported, it added.
Now when United Nation is sure about the use of such evil practices in Afghanistan by the attacking forces, then why doesn’t it raise it in the security council? Why doesn’t it ask the questions from the ISAF, NATO or US command? Where is that international court of justice? Where are those candid and neutral Western newspapers and the NGOs and philanthropists?
Bagram detention center and many unnamed torture cells scattered in many parts of the Afghanistan run by the NATO forces are all about cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. They are worst than the Abu Gharib and Gitmo Bay episodes. Will anybody squeal?