New Report: Increased Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Afghanistan

  • The agency added that six Afghan human rights workers were killed in a car crash in the east of the country, killing two and injuring two others.
  • The report also noted that the Afghan government had failed to investigate the attacks on human rights activists in Afghanistan.
  • Currently, the number of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan is estimated to be one million and four hundred thousand.

Amnesty International in its new report has expressed concern that human rights activists and defenders in Afghanistan are facing fear, abuse, threats, and violence. The most recent report, released Wednesday in Kabul, said the defenders were attacked by both sides of the conflict, the government, and the opposition, as well as armed groups. The agency added that six Afghan human rights workers were killed in a car crash in the east of the country, killing two and injuring two others. The Afghan government has so far not arrested anyone in connection with the case.

Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a London-based non-governmental organization focused on human rights. The organization says it has more than seven million members and supporters around the world.

The agency added that in the past few years more than ten attacks and threats against human rights activists have been registered in Afghanistan, none of which have been properly pursued by the government. Referring to the increase in violence in Afghanistan and the highest number of civilian casualties in the past year, the organization said that cases of violence against human rights activists in Afghanistan have been largely ignored by the government and international institutions.

The report also noted that the Afghan government had failed to investigate the attacks on human rights activists in Afghanistan. Government officials have sometimes described human rights activists’ statements as a “self-inflicted threat” and told them to “take up arms and defend themselves.”

Human rights activists in Afghanistan not only operate in a high-risk environment but also face threats from the government and armed groups,” says Amr Werich, deputy director of Amnesty International‘s South Asia division. Human rights activists and activists working in these difficult conditions are facing serious threats to their lives and health, he added. However, they have continued to protest against injustice to defend the rights of others.

While the Taliban were well known for numerous human rights abuses, several human rights violations continue to take place in the post-Taliban government era. Afghanistan has an interesting strong human rights framework within its constitution. A bill of rights is enshrined in chapter two of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s constitution. The right to life and liberty are constitutionally protected as are the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence for all persons. This gives the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan a strong human rights framework that is guaranteed to all citizens.

Mr. Veric added that the Afghan government has a duty to protect, and support their activities in this respectful community. Investigate the threats they are facing and the attacks that are being carried out and prosecute the perpetrators. He added that the international community has also forgotten human rights activists and activists in these difficult times and have not recognized their achievements and effectiveness. It calls for the immediate support of the international community to human rights defenders and activists in Afghanistan.

Amnesty International’s report said that given the threats and dangers faced by human rights defenders and activists in Afghanistan, they believe they do not trust the support of the Afghan government. It added that in 2006 when Afghanistan’s report on torture was submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, pressure was placed on Afghan civil society organizations to remove senior government officials from the report.

In Afghanistan, it is said that the continued escalation of armed conflict has led to widespread human rights abuses, leaving thousands dead, injured or displaced during the clashes, and thousands more due to insecurity in access to education and health care. According to Amnesty International, most civilian casualties were caused by insurgent groups, but government forces also killed or wounded civilians in some cases. Insurgent groups have also widely used children as military personnel.

Currently, the number of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan is estimated to be one million and four hundred thousand while about two million and six hundred thousand Afghan citizens are living abroad as refugees.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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