U.N. report finds torture still widespread in Afghan jails

February 25, 2015 8:52 AM

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan authorities tortured or mistreated more than a third of nearly 800 suspected Taliban-linked detainees who human rights investigators were able to interview, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan, which last year took over full responsibility for efforts to end the Taliban insurgency with the withdrawal of most foreign troops, has made progress in the treatment of detainees but a failure to prosecute security forces for torture allowed it to persist, the United Nations said.

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