TORTURE

Afghan Police Abuse Prisoners

Afghan detainees are frequently subjected to torture such as being “hung by their hands, beaten with cables and in some cases their genitals are twisted until they lose consciousness,” a new United Nations study finds. These abuses are carried out by the Afghan national police as well as the country’s intelligence service, though the report makes clear that they are not condoned by the Afghan government or its allies. The Afghan National Security Council director insists that the government is concerned with prisoners’—and everyone’s—human rights.