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Report on Conditions at Afghanistan's Shebarghan Prison

by Jennifer Leaning, MD

January 2002

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On the basis of direct observation, contact with the prisoners, and interviews prior to and subsequent to this inspection at Northern Afghanistan's Shebarghan Prison, PHR's 3-member team reported that conditions at Shebarghan were in grave violation of international standards for those held in detention or as prisoners of war. The facilities were entirely inadequate for the care of the number of people held there, the food insufficient in quantity and nutrition, the water supply unclean, sanitation virtually absent, clothing meager, and barred walls open to the elements exposed the inhabitants to winter conditions.

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