Afghans say were beaten by Afghan authories -Dutch govt
AMSTERDAM, April 29 – Three Afghan prisoners have told Dutch authorities they were beaten by Afghanistan’s intelligence services last year, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.
Three men said they were beaten while in custody of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) after Dutch forces in Afghanistan had handed over the men to Afghan authorities, a spokesman for the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
A fourth man said he had been beaten during an interrogation by Dutch forces. The incident was reported to Dutch prosecutors. An investigation has been started, the spokesman said.
Human rights group Amnesty International in November urged NATO troops in Afghanistan to suspend transfers of detainees to Afghan authorities, saying that prisoners faced the risk of being tortured, but NATO said there was no evidence of systematic Afghan torture.
“He has been beaten on the head three times by the NDS,” the Dutch embassy in Kabul said about a visit to an Afghan detainee in documents released by the Dutch ministries of defence and foreign affairs.
Two other Afghan prisoners held by the NDS told Dutch officials they were also beaten, said the documents, which were published on the website of Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, and confirmed by the Dutch Foreign Affairs spokesman.
He said every complaint by prisoners was one too many but there was no evidence of serious abuses in Afghan prisons and Dutch forces would continue to hand over detainees to Afghan authorities.
Talking about Afghanistan, from the BBC:
Doctors in Afghanistan say rates of some health problems affecting children have doubled in the last two years.
Some scientists say the rise is linked to use of weapons containing depleted uranium (DU) by the US-led coalition that invaded the country in 2001.
Fungi and depleted uranium: here.