The martyrdom of Abdul Samad Amiri, Acting Director of Ghor Provincial Office, AIHRC

PRESS RELEASE (Detailed and updated)
September 7 / 2019
The martyrdom of Abdul Samad Amiri, Acting Director of Ghor Provincial Office, AIHRC 
On Tuesday 3 September 2019, the Taliban abducted Abdul Samad Amiri in Jalriz district of Maidan Wardak province. Two days later, on Thursday 5 September, the Taliban assassinated Mr Amiri by gunfire.  
AIHRC sends condolences to the Amiri family, the human rights community, and the people of Afghanistan. Mr Amiri was a tireless human rights defender, who since joining the AIHRC in 2013 (1392), dedicated his career to fighting for the human rights of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable individuals, including children.  
AIHRC condemns this killing in the strongest possible terms. Mr Amiri’s killing goes against the teachings of Islam, the Constitution and International Humanitarian Law. 
Further, AIHRC:
1) calls on the relevant organs of Afghan government to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice,
2) calls on the defense and security agencies to urgently ensure the safety of the highways, especially the Wardak-Bamiyan path that has seen repeated abductions and killings of civilians, 
3) calls on anti-government groups, including the Taliban, to commit themselves to protecting human rights defenders 
AIHRC was informed of Mr Amiri’s abduction on Tuesday, and in coordination with Mr. Amiri’s family, negotiated for Mr Amiri’s release through local influential leaders and elders and all available channels. The Taliban chose to kill Mr Amiri two days later by gunfire. Mr Amiri was travelling to Ghor to attend a family matter.  
Abdul Samad Amiri was 25 years old. He graduated from Kabul University with a degree in Law and Political Science. Mr Amiri began working at the AIHRC in 2013 (1392). He began his career at the AIHRC Regional Office of Bamyan in the Political Rights Monitoring Unit subsequently moving to the Children's Rights Unit in Ghor Provincial Office. He recently became the Acting Director of Ghor Provincial Office.
AIHRC appreciates and extends its thanks to national and international institutions, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, the media and citizens of the country for the sympathy shown to the family of Samad Amiri and the AIHRC. 
Previous victims:
The AIHRC will always remember previous victims of terrorism: Professor Hamida Barmaki, former Commissioner of the AIHRC, martyred in a terrorist attack, Mr. Ansari Baluch, former Head of the Ghor Provincial Office, Mr. Imran Aziz, Deputy Director of the Children Rights Unit, Mr. Shafiqullah Naseri, Receptionist of the Regional Office of Nangarhar Province. We lost all these colleagues and incredible human rights defenders to terrorism.  
AIHRC assures citizens of its sustained commitment and work for the promotion and protection of human rights in Afghanistan, despite the difficult circumstances.