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AFGHANISTAN

Human Rights Issues

  Overview Death penalty
  Torture/Ill-treatment Arbitrary detention
  Fair trial Prison conditions
  Demonstrations Ethnic affiliation
  Religious affiliation Political affiliation
  NGOs and Human Rights Defenders Women
  Children/Youth Sexual orientation
  Media/Journalists Military Service/Desertion
  Refugees

11.03.2008 - Source: US Department of State

The law prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention; however, both remained serious problems ("Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2007") [ID 23663]

"The law prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention; however, both remained serious problems."

Document(s): Open document

11.03.2008 - Source: US Department of State

The press and human rights organisations reported arbitrary arrests in most provinces; formal judicial structures vary depending on the area and local authorities ("Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2007") [ID 23669]

"Arbitrary arrest and detention remained problems. Judicial and police procedures and practices for taking persons into custody and bringing them to justice varied depending on the area and local authorities. Some areas, such as the major regional centers, had more formal judicial structures than others. The law provides for access to legal counsel, the use of warrants, and bail; however, authorities applied all three inconsistently. The press and human rights organizations reported arbitrary arrest in most provinces. There was little consistency in the length of time that detainees were held before trial or arraignment. In a March 15 report the UN Secretary-General stated that in many cases there was prolonged pretrial detention and that suspects had not been given access to lawyers."

Document(s): Open document

11.2007 - Source: Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation

Illegale und willkürliche Verhaftungen, Haftverlängerungen und Folter durch die Polizei sind verbreitet ("11th European Country of Origin Information Seminar; Vienna, 21 - 22 June 2007; Country Report; Afghanistan") [ID 21955]

"Illegal and arbitrary arrest as well as prolonged detention are common. There is no writ of habeas corpus. There are frequent credible reports of torture by police and National
Directorate of Security (NDS). There is no effective oversight of investigation procedures or detention facilities and conditions. People in “opposition” they are likely to be arbitrarily
detained and tortured if returned."

Document(s): Open document