UN consultants urge Afghanistan’s new rulers to ban torture ‘in any circumstances’
Consultants serving on a UN human rights treaty physique referred to as on Thursday for the brand new Taliban-led authorities of Afghanistan to uphold “the worldwide obligations of the State”, notably in complying with all provisions of the Conference in opposition to Torture, outlawing the apply “in any circumstances”.
The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) drew specific consideration to the provisions of the Conference and of its Elective Protocol (OPCAT).
Noting that Afghanistan has entered into “a really difficult new chapter of energy transition”, the SPT reminded in a assertion that torture is “completely prohibited always and beneath all circumstances”.
Torture or different merciless, inhuman, and degrading therapy can’t be justified in any scenario, be it state of warfare, inner political instability or public emergency, they underscored.
Furthermore, the Afghan authorities should shield everybody in opposition to torture and ill-treatment, “no matter their ethnic background, non secular perception, or political affiliation”, the SPT added.
The UN Subcomittee expressed specific concern over the scenario of individuals disadvantaged of liberty together with the circumstances of the place they’re held, together with prisons, police stations and different detention amenities in addition to psychiatric and social welfare establishments.
They shone a highlight on significance of the work of the Afghanistan Unbiased Human Rights Fee and its Nationwide Preventive Mechanism (NPM), a nationwide and unbiased physique set as much as go to locations of deprivation of liberty with the target of torture prevention, and its vital position within the space of safety and promotion of human rights.
“We name upon the Afghan authorities to make sure the security and safety of all members and workers of the Afghanistan Unbiased Human Rights Fee and its NPM”, the assertion continued.
“They’re entitled to safety from any reprisals and to have the ability to proceed their preventive work, with the help of the authorities in implementing the targets of the Conference in opposition to Torture and its Protocol”, which Afghanistan ratified in 1987 and 2018 respectively.
In conclusion, the SPT upheld its availability to cooperate with the authorities in implementing the Elective Protocol’s provisions and aiding the Afghanistan Unbiased Human Rights Fee and its NPM in strengthening the establishment and its preventive actions, together with by visiting holding locations and offering suggestions to related authorities on stopping torture and ill-treatment.
Humanitarian flights returning
In the meantime, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric informed journalists at a daily media briefing that the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operated by the World Meals Programme (WFP) is resuming its flights to allow 160 humanitarian organizations to proceed their life-saving actions all through the nation’s provinces.
Presently, the air passenger service hyperlinks Islamabad to Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar, with three flights already having taken place to Mazar-i-Sharif since 29 August.
WFP says that every one efforts are being made to step up operations as quickly as doable and improve the variety of flown-to locations in Afghanistan.
As well as, a cargo airbridge is being established to move non-food gadgets, corresponding to medical and different emergency provides to the place they’re wanted essentially the most.
“UNHAS’ home passenger service requires $18 million and $12 million is required for the cargo airbridge. Each companies shall be utilized by all the humanitarian group”, stated Mr. Dujarric.
Within the first six months of 2021, WFP supplied help to five.5 million folks in Afghanistan.