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ISAF outlines proactive detainee safeguards


International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (October 10, 2011) — ISAF acknowledges the report on detention operations, and views UNAMA as a cooperative partner in furthering the international community’s interest in the stability, security, and progress of Afghanistan.  ISAF fully supports all initiatives to ensure that detainees are treated humanely and their human rights are respected.


In coordination with the Afghan government and troop contributing nations, with appropriate precautions, ISAF took the prudent measure to suspend detainee transfers to certain facilities based on the observations contained in the UNAMA report.  UNAMA shared its findings over the course of the last month, enabling ISAF to work closely with the Government of Afghanistan and UNAMA on cooperative efforts to implement appropriate programs to improve detention operations and establish safeguards to prevent future mistreatment.

ISAF assisted the Afghan government in developing a six-phase plan to gather information to inform its own detention operations in theater.  The six-phase plan includes facility inspection, remediation training in human rights and detainee treatment, formal certification by the Commander, ISAF, supporting accountability actions taken by the government, monitoring detainees in the long-term, and facilitating transparency and communication among ISAF and government detention operations.

ISAF has conducted inspections at six facilities and begun remediation training at one facility, working in close coordination with the Afghan government, and the Afghan government has demonstrated its commitment to resolving this serious matter.

ISAF remains committed to eliminating human rights violations in detainee operations, and will continue to work closely with the Government of Afghanistan and UNAMA on this issue.  Additionally, initiatives being implemented will help strengthen rule of law, continue to enhance government credibility, and limit the appeal of the insurgency.