Afghan farmers cover themselves with a plastic sheet from the rain on the outskirts of Jalalabad, February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Parwiz
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More than a third of conflict detainees held by the Afghan authorities suffer torture or mistreatment, the U.N. said Wednesday, but the government has made substantial progress in curbing abuses.The U.N. said there was credible evidence that 35 percent of detainees they interviewed between February 2013 and December 2014 had suffered ill-treatment while in the custody of Afghan security forces.This marks a fall from the U.N.'s last report on torture, which found that 49 percent of detainees were mistreated.Detainees, mostly alleged members of the Taliban and other militant groups, were subjected to 16 torture techniques aimed at forcing them to confess, the report said.
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