Open Letter by the Families of Vulnerable Prisoners to the UN and Secretary General of NATO Concerning Appalling Treatment of Detainees
June 22, 2016
Following the American invasion of Afghanistan, the thousands of Afghans imprisoned by foreigners and their internal supporters – on grounds of suspicion or due to accusations of their father, brother, friend or some other relative being a Mujahid – have had none of their rights given to them and their human dignity has repeatedly been violated.
Torture of detainees, inhumane treatment and killings under suspicious circumstances have been taking place since the onset of the invasion, documented reports about which have been published by international organizations at various intervals over the past one and a half decade. The shocking treatment of prisoners by the vicious Kabul regime and the US has only intensified while the silence and indifference displayed by the international humanitarian organizations and responsible entities towards these actions are encouraging the perpetrators of torture and their horrific treatment of prisoners has reached its climax under an organized program.
Since respect for human dignity and upholding rights of the vulnerable is a universally accepted value that must not be sacrificed for political gambit or due to war conditions, therefore we remind the United Nations and General Secretary of NATO to prevent the atrocious illegal actions of the Kabul administration towards prisoners and to not remain apathetic. At this very moment hundreds of individuals are being held behind bars whose terms of sentence have either expired or who are not supposed to be imprisoned in the first place such as the elderly and people with terminal illnesses. Moreover many cruel commanders appointed by the Kabul administration throughout the country operate secret cells where they imprison both students of modern and religious sciences, laborers, skilled workers as well as businessmen. They are later either freed in return for large sums of cash or killed under suspicious circumstances with the bodies of most displaying clear signs of torture. We have documented evidence about kidnapping, murder, torture, operation of black prison sites and even detainees forced out of prisons and killed at the hands of the Kabul administration and US special operating forces, actions which are remarkably similar to those of the Nazi Germans. Some of these episodes have also been documented by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as local and international humanitarian organizations.
The families of detainees – as the inheritors of this nation’s vulnerable prisoners – want humane treatment for their relatives in light of Islamic and humanitarian principles and strongly demand compliance of all their due rights.
Such horrific behavior of the Kabul administration towards defenseless prisoners will never be acceptable for us. We consider it a black mark on the forehead of humanitarian community as all humanity bear witness to such barbaric treatment of a destitute group of people, as their human dignity is toyed with and the international humanitarian organizations feel no sense of responsibility.
The United Nations specifically UNAMA and NATO – who have created this administration, supported it politically and militarily and have backed and administered it – bear full responsibility for this tyranny of the Kabul administration and this issue is their humanitarian responsibility. They must give clarity in this regard and break their silence about the ongoing inhumane and illegal treatment of prisoners. Humanitarian law must not become victim of politics and neither must anyone be afforded an opportunity to step on human rights and humanitarian principles for political and personal gain.
The Kabul administration thinks it can weaken the ongoing resistance and struggle for independence of the Afghan nation through such savagery but if the past one and a half decade have proven anything it is that this nation will not abandon their just claim due to force and terror. If the Afghan nation could have ever yielded to terror then they would have done so in the face of barbarity and oppression of the communists. And this reality must also be realized by the Kabul administration and its foreign backers who still envision victory through the use of force and torture.
From the families of the vulnerable prisoners of Afghanistan