Press release on violence in Ghor province between the police and protesters

 
Press release on violence in Ghor province between the police and protesters 
May 10, 2020
According to preliminary findings by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), five civilians were killed and 19 others (including two policemen) were injured in the protests launched in connection to the distribution of food aid in Ghor province (yesterday, May 9, 2020).
Security sources have claimed that they had been fired on by some from among the protesters, but eyewitnesses have denied the presence of gunmen among the protesters and confirmed that police had shot at protesters.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) while stressing the people's legal right to protests and hold peaceful demonstration, calls on the government to uphold those legal rights, and asks the judiciary organs to investigate about the nature of violence and the reason why the police and protesters have resorted to violence. The Commission also wants the judiciary to treat the accused fairly on the basis of the results of the investigation. It also calls on the police involved to be patient and comply with the law. 
In the end, it is recalled that the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission's Provincial Office in Ghor has been instructed to continue its monitoring of the investigation, case handling and reporting process.

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