By: Suraya Raiszada
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed “grave concern” over “credible accounts” it has been given that Taliban militants have been mistreating prisoners, which in some cases “may amount to torture”.
Based on UNAMA findings, a number of prisoners who were freed from the Taliban-run detention facilities reported about torturing and even killing of civilians and security forces.
“I am gravely concerned about these serious allegations of ill-treatment, torture and unlawful killing of civilians and security personnel, as well as the deplorable conditions of detainees,” UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said.
UNAMA received the information while it interviewed with 13 captives rescued as a result of an operation conducted by Special Forces in Uruzgan province.
This comes as Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says that any group and individual who commits such a treatment with detainees should be legally pursued.
AIHRC executive head Mousa Mahmoudi said that captives should be treated in accordance with international laws and humanitarian dignity.
Terrorist groups such as Taliban have never observed conventions and agreements, they have never considered values and regulations and this is not something new, a legal expert Hashimi said.
The Presidential Palace said that any group including the Taliban that committed such an improper behavior with captives are not bound with any law.
Ill-treatment of the Taliban with prisoners won’t be far from the truth and the government of Afghanistan is also concerned in this regard, the presidential spokesperson Haroun Chakhansouri told media.
To annihilate terrorist groups, the Afghan National Army Special Forces have conducted operations in a number of provinces which resulted in killing 39 Taliban and destruction of their ammunition depots
Local officials in Helmand said that our operations have been successful in the province and a number of security forces and civilians who were captivated by the Taliban have been rescued.
UN officials have earlier reported on horrible condition of prisoners in the government and Taliban detention facilities, but the government of Afghanistan calls itself committed to observing humanitarian laws and principles and called any misbehavior with prisoners in contrary with international norms. This comes as the Taliban had also been accused of torturing held civilians and security forces in the past which raised concern in national and international levels.