New charges of beatings in secret US prison this time in Afghanistan
American media are carrying details of alleged abuses at a secret US jail in Afghanistan. This seems to undermine President Barack Obama's efforts to improve conditions at such facilities.
The Washington Post cited two Afghan teenagers who claimed they were beaten, suffered sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation by their interrogators while being held in a jail at Bagram air base. A separate New York Times story says detainees were held, sometimes for weeks at a time, without access to Red Cross representatives. The Post admits these claims cannot be independently substantiated, although human rights workers have reported similar abuses. Obama ordered the closure of CIA detention centres soon after taking office. However, the Bagram facility is run by military Special Operations forces and not subject to the initial closure order.
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