- Canadian ISAF troops in the Kandahar Province
Human rights organisations complained that the situation of detainees in Afghanistan has deteriorated since 2001, in particular due to a rise from 600 to 19,000 prisoners, according to UN figures. The BBC has identified Herat, Khost, Lagman, Kapisa, Takhar, Kunduz, Tarin Kowt and the NDS’ counter-terrorism prison (Department 124) as concerned detention facilities.
The spokesman of the UN mission, Dan McNorton, said that the Afghan government has received the report’s findings and has begun on working on a series of remedial actions. He also emphasised that the gathered information indicates “that the mistreatment of detainees is not institutional or the policy of the government of Afghanistan”.