The Commission continues to call for the identification and prosecution of perpetrators of attacks against its employees
August 6, 2020
Forty days after the death of our colleagues: The Commission continues to call for the identification and prosecution of perpetrators of attacks against its employees
AIHRC, in the memorial observance of “forty days after the death of its colleagues”, Fatima Khalil and Ahmad Jawid Folad, regrets that the perpetrators of the brutal terrorist attack have not yet been identified and brought to justice, and therefore calls on the security, justice and judicial organs to identify the perpetrators and administer justice for the victims’ families. The Commission also wants these authorities to identify the perpetrators of previous attacks on its staff and civil and human rights activists and to ensure justice for all.
Targeted killing of civil and human rights activists are depriving the society from educated and productive workforce committed to the values of open and democratic society and human rights; while under the national, international and human rights laws, crime of “murder” is the most dangerous and horrible crime, which is defined as a war crime in accordance with the principles and provisions of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), thus, the right of the victims’ families to justice is non-transferrable, undeniable and unforgettable right.
It should be added that the attack on civil and human rights activists is a multidimensional and complex crime, therefore, the perpetrator has, at the same time, violated other fundamental rights such as: Human rights, the right to security, the right to freedom of thought, the right to freedom of expression, the right to freedom of movement, the right to freedom of association and...
AIHRC, while expressing its serious concern about the deteriorating and fragile situation of human rights defenders in Afghanistan, agrees with Amnesty International and supports its proposed package entitled “Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders” to the Government of Afghanistan, dated January 19, 2020, and calls for its full implementation.
AIHRC expresses its sympathy and solidarity with the victims' families, especially the families of our two colleagues who lost their lives recently, and continues to advocate for justice until the perpetrators of the brutal crime are finally brought to justice.