GENEVA (3 February 2021) – Almost a third of people detained for security or terrorism-related offences in Afghanistan have been subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment, according to a UN report published on Wednesday.
The report - jointly published by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - covers the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2020.* It is based on 656 interviews with men, women and children suspected, accused or convicted of security or terrorism-related offences held in 63 detention facilities across Afghanistan.
While the percentage of detainees claiming to have been tortured has decreased slightly compared to the previous monitoring period (2017-2018), the figure remains alarming, with 30.3...
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has presented evidence of overvoting to the press to support its claim that Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory in the general election was not legitimate.
Its National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, said an audit of the pink sheets provided further confirms that President Akufo-Addo was allegedly aided by the Electoral Commission (EC) to win the election.
He said several ballot boxes in NPP strongholds were stuffed with thumb-printed ballot papers for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate.
Mr. Gyamfi described it as “Naked thievery” and cited a Sunyani West polling station at the SDA primary school where he says 468 ballots were issued and total votes cast were 466 but 49 persons were on the register in the polling station.
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The mother of one Anthony, one of the victims of the shooting allegedly done by Soldiers on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos, is in grief over the circumstances surrounding her son’s death.
Recall that on Tuesday, Soldiers had opened fire on the protesters and not less than six persons were alleged to have been killed in the process.
Although, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had initially declared that there were no deaths recorded, he later confirmed that three people died, as against the huge figures quoted by eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident.
A footage has emerged on Instagram showing Anthony’s grieving mother, speaking on the circumstances that surrounded her son’s death.
She said, “It has not been easy, I never knew that Anthony has so many friends l...
Afghanistan forces have killed a top al Qaeda militant wanted by the United States, as the government on Sunday accused the Taliban of still keeping close ties with the Islamist militant group.
Abu Muhsin al-Masri, an Egyptian national believed to be the group's number-two in the Indian subcontinent, was targeted in eastern Ghazni province, Afghanistan's intelligence agency said in a statement.
The National Directorate of Security did not provide further details about the operation or when it was carried out.
Masri's killing was an indication of the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda, Afghanistan's Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi claimed on Sunday without providing details.
Announcement of al-Masri’s killing comes as Afghanistan government, Taliban continue...
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A prominent pro-regime Syrian Muslim cleric in charge of the Damascus region Adnan al-Afiyuni was killed on Thursday when a bomb planted in his car exploded outside the capital, news agency SANA reported.
fiyuni, the mufti for Damascus province, was considered to be close to President Bashar al-Assad.
SANA, quoting the Ministry of Endowments, said that Afiyuni died “when an explosive device planted in his car exploded in the town of Qudsaya, northwest of Damascus.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said the 66-year-old cleric played a key role in reaching so-called “reconciliation deals” with rebel fighters on the capital’s outskirts during the country’s nine-year war.
A top al-Qaeda leader was killed in a joint US-Afghan military operation last month, says Afghanistan's intelligence agency.
Asim Umar, the head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), died in a raid on a Taliban compound in Helmand province on 23 September, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.
At least 40 civilians were reported to have been killed in the same operation.
The US and al-Qaeda have not confirmed Umar's death.
But the Taliban denied the news. A spokesman dismissed it as "enemy-fabricated propaganda", instead alleging that the raid "only caused heavy civilian losses".
In a statement shared on Twitter on Tuesday, the NDS said the joint US-Afghan raid took place at a compound in the "Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala" district, where Uma...