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Afghanistan: Detainees

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the report of 6 March by the UN Secretary-General on the situation in Afghanistan, what representations he has received from the United Nations on the issue of access to detention centres in Afghanistan run by international military forces; and if he will make a statement. (194183)

[holding answer 14 March 2008]: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not received any representations from the UN regarding the Secretary-General’s report of 6 March and access to detention facilities. The UK has several facilities to temporarily hold those detained before they are either released or transferred to the Afghan authorities. Relevant human rights institutions within the UN system, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission are encouraged to inspect all UK detention facilities in Afghanistan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which detention centres in Afghanistan are run by international military forces; and to which of these centres UN officials have access. (194184)

[holding answer 14 March 2008]: A number of the national military contingents operating in Afghanistan under the International Security Assistance Force, including from the UK, have facilities for temporary detention. We allow the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent access to UK facilities holding detainees and would provide access to the UN if a request was made. We do not monitor whether the UN has access to partners’ facilities.