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Afghanistan

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received representations from the government of Afghanistan or from Afghan non-governmental organisations about those people detained without trial at Bagram Air Base and other detention centres, including those at Khost, Kandahar and Jalalabad; whether the International Committee of the Red Cross is allowed full access to all detainees; and, if not, what action they will take. [HL1077]

The UK has not received representations from either the Afghan Government or from Afghan non-governmental organisations regarding detention facilities at Bagram airbase, Khost, Kandahar or Jalalabad. Access by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to detainees held by US authorities is a matter for the ICRC and the US.

Whenever UK forces detain an individual in Afghanistan, the ICRC is informed and has full access to these persons when in UK custody. The UK has an agreement with the Afghan Government that any person detained by UK forces and transferred to Afghan custody will be accessible to the ICRC and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.