Systematic Torture Continuing in Afghanistan

According to a United Nations report released on January 20, 2013, systematic torture remains a serious concern in many Afghan-controlled detention facilities, despite “concerted efforts” and “sustained support” by international partners and the Afghan Government to “root out torture and abusive detention practices.”[1]

The 139-page report, compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), finds that “more than half of 635 detainees interviewed (326 detainees) experienced torture and ill-treatment in numerous facilities of the <Read More>

Afghanistan and the United States Struggle over Releases of Detainees

After control of much of the Bagram detention center was handed over to Afghanistan in 2012, President Karzai “ordered authorities to review the cases of more than 3,000 prisoners” held at Bagram.[1]  In the course of 2012, “570 detainees have been released after acquittal in Afghan courts.”[2]  Nearly 1,000 prisoners have been released in 2012 overall, including prisoners whose cases never reached the Afghan courts.[3] This post analyzes the factors underlying these releases, and reports on the latest developments in <Read More>

Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs v. Rahmatullah

In October, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom considered whether a detainee captured by British troops and handed over to the military forces of the United States in Iraq may be returned by habeas writ to the U.K.[1] The detainee could not be produced by writ of habeas corpus, the court concluded, as the U.K. no longer exercised sufficient control over the prisoner.[2]

In 2004, British forces detained Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen, in a region <Read More>