New report confirms torture at Bagram
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:39PM
The notorious Bagram prison, north of
A new report reveals that American prison guards have mistreated Afghan detainees held at the notorious US-run Bagram prison camp and airbase in
According to the report, issued by the US-based Open Society Foundation on Thursday, former Bagram detainees say their
They also say they were deprived of proper food and natural light.
"It was like sleeping in the fridge,'' one of the former detainees told researchers for the report.
Other revelations show that prison guards withheld Red Cross visits to the secret
Over 800 detainees are being held at the Bagram military base. The secret prison became a symbol of prisoner abuse after
The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed reports on the existence of a secret detention facility at the
The Red Cross said in May 2010 that it had been informed of names of several detainees held in the hidden prison in
Several former prisoners asserted earlier in April that they were held at the facility, where they suffered abuse.
Human rights groups say Bagram has remained a
Afghan detainees mistreated in secret
jail: report U.S.
In the report by Open Society Foundations, established by billionaire George Soros, former Afghan detainees say they were abused at the classified detention center on
The jail, the existence of which is not openly acknowledged by Washington, is separate from the main U.S. prison in Afghanistan, also at Bagram and now housed in a new $60 million complex that U.S. officials plan to hand over to Afghan control.
Bagram became a symbol of prisoner abuse after
In the report, former detainees said they were held in isolation cells with inadequate bedding and food, restricted from exercise and prevented from carrying out religious duties, which the report says is against
"It appears this facility is either ignoring those rules or intepreting them so loosely that it makes detainees susceptible to mistreatment," said Johnathan Horowitz, a rights expert who authored the report.
A spokeswoman for
"The nature of warfare requires that the
Earlier this year, there were around 1,000 prisoners held in foreign military detention centers in
Only recently have Afghan prisoners begun appearing before local judges and lawyers as the
(Reporting by Patrick Markey; Editing by Peter Graff)
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