If spine-chilling details of torture at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib were not enough, we heard about the gruesome torture of innocent detainees in Bagram prison and the infamous CIA torture report, and now yet another grisly account of the horror faced by Afghan detainess, including children, is described in a recently published report, revealed by United Nations on Wednesday.
The UN’s Assistance Mission and High Commissioner for Human Rights exposed the findings in a report based on interviews with 790 “conflict-related detainees” between February 2013 and December 2014.
According to the investigation, two detainees “provided sufficiently credible and reliable accounts of torture in a U.S. facility in Maydan Wardak in September 2013 and a U.S. Special Forces facility at Baghlan in April 2013.” – Common Dreams
The methods of torture that took place in Afghanistan prisons by U.S. military sanctioned by Barack Obama are as follows:
Torture was experienced in the form of prolonged and severe beating with cables, pipes, hoses or wooden sticks (including on the soles of the feet), punching, hitting and kicking all over the body including jumping on the detainee’s body, twisting of genitals including with a wrench – like device, and threats of execution and/or sexual assault. Other forms reported were suspension, electric shock, stress positions, forced prolonged standing including in extremely hot or cold conditions, forced standing and sitting down or squatting repeatedly, forced drinking of excessive amounts of water and denial of food, water and prayer time.
Several incidents of removal of finger and toenails and stuffing cloth or plastic bags in a detainee’s mouth, holding his nose and choking him causing the detainee to start to asphyxiate and also lose consciousness described as “water-boarding without the water” were reported. Detainees interviewed reported that different forms of torture were often used on them with increasing levels of pain particularly when they refused to confess to the crime they were accused of or failed to provide or confirm the requested or suggested information. Most detainees reported that torture stopped once they made a forced confession including sometimes in front of a video camera or when they thumb printed a paper that documented a confession.