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​Newly-established group seeks to eradicate torture

Graphic: Dr Sima Samar and members of the newly-established Commission against Torture

The first meeting of the newly-established Commission against Torture was held on April 17 2017 and chaired by Dr. Sima Samar.

The first meeting of the newly-established Commission against Torture was held on April 17 2017 and chaired by Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission.

Based on the provisions of Article 11 of the Law against Torture, the Commission has been established to prevent torture and follow up torture-related cases in the country.

In her opening remarks to its first meeting, Dr. Samar said that "no exceptional circumstances, such as insecurity, war, political instability or any other emergency situation, can be a justification for torture".

The members of the Commission against Torture stated that the enforcement of the Law against Torture and the formation of Committee against Torture was a good achievement towards creating legal and practical guarantees for the prevention of torture, prosecution of perpetrators and protection of victims.

"Although cases of torture and torture statistics have declined in recent years, our goal is the complete eradication of torture," they noted.

Based on Article 12 of the Law against Torture, this Commission is mandated to monitor detention centers; to follow up and address cases of torture in judiciary organs; to develop educational programs and raise awareness to officers of investigative bodies; to conduct research on the prohibition of torture; and to register cases of torture, including determining the identity of the perpetrator and the victims.

The first meeting of the Commission against Torture resolved to start designing an action plan and procedures for the Commission very soon.

Date: 20 April 2017

Source: Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission


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