Time to hit the snooze on Afghan abuse.

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The Kandahar Police Force is a wolf dressed as a sheep. They act for the people, however, underneath that façade is a human rights atrocity. According to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. What the Kandahar Police Force is doing is clearly a violation of this, yet it is continuing to happen.

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has found that the police torture 91% of detainees by 'forcibly pumping water into their stomachs, crushing their testicles with clamps, suffocating them to the point of losing consciousness, and applying electrical currents to their genitals' as just a few of the methods of torture. Around 3 years ago, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's president, promised to end torture by the police force, however instead, the use of torture has increased greatly.

On April 25th the UNAMA met and asked for reports and found that not a single officer had been prosecuted for abuse and torture. The government had failed to provide with statistics of this mistreatment. There have been some positives however in regards to this as the Afghan government has agreed to ratify the optional protocol to the convention against torture. This is a gross violation of a basic human right and must be stopped at all costs as soon as possible.



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