Skip to comments.Karzai urges US to hand over Bagram jail [Caution: Iranian News]
Posted on 01/05/2012 8:34:00 PM PST by Cardhu
President Hamid Karzai has called on Washington to hand over the detention facility at Bagram Airbase, which is the main US base in war-battered Afghanistan, to Afghan control within a month.
A presidential statement said on Thursday that Karzai issued instructions to a commission consisting of the ministers of defense, interior and justice, as well as other top government and judicial officials, "to complete their job regarding the handing over of the (Bagram) prison and other prisoners who are held by foreign forces."
"The work should be completed within a month," the statement stressed.
The presidential statement noted that keeping Afghan citizens imprisoned without trial both violates the country's constitution, as well as international human rights conventions.
The International Committee of the Red Cross in May 2010 confirmed reports on the existence of a secret detention facility at the Bagram Airbase, located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of the city of Charikar in Afghanistan's Parwan Province.
Human rights groups have said that Bagram detainees are menaced, forced to strip naked and kept in solitary confinement in windowless cells.
The US-led invasion of Afghanistan took place in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism, toppling the Taliban regime and establishing security in the country.
However, insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of foreign forces in the country.
Afghanistan is a UN MISSION...
Most of the buildings here are windowless here, including much of our housing. So what?