President Karzai Orders Investigation into UN Report on Abuse of Detainees in Afghan Detention Facilities

January 22, 2013 - President Hamid Karzai has assigned a delegation to investigate the findings and allegations of a report released by the UN on torture, abuse and ill-treatment in detention facilities run by the Ministry of Interior and the National Directorate of Security.

The fact finding team is led by Abdul Qader Adalatkhwa, Deputy Director of the Constitutional Oversight Commission and consists of legal advisors from the MoI, NDS, UN envoys, an authorized representative from the Legal Board of the Presidential palace and Director of Law & Political Science Department of Kabul University.

The team is tasked to fully investigate the claims of torture, mistreatment, death threats and sexual abuse in prisons, and any faults or misconduct during questioning and trial of detainees. It is also assigned to put to use all sorts of resources available to ascertain the truth of such practices if happened and identify its perpetrators. The delegation has to report back within two weeks to the President so that follow-up measures can be taken.