Hostage-taking, terrorist attacks and targeted killing of civilians in Afghanistan continue after the signing of The US-Taliban Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan.

 

Hostage-taking, terrorist attacks and targeted killing of civilians in Afghanistan continue after the signing of The US-Taliban Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan.

The findings of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) show that violence in the country continues to take a high toll on civilians despite the signing of the peace deal between the United States and the Taliban (February 29, 2020) In various incidents, such as hostage-taking and terrorist attacks, 202 civilians, including state civil servants, influential people and religious scholars, were killed and injured (83 killed, including eight women and eight children, and 119 wounded, including 15 women and 16 children). About 35 people have been taken hostage by the Taliban, whose fate is not known to the Commission yet. Taliban is responsible for 50% of the hostage-taking and killing of civilians (of the above figures); the rest has been carried out by ISIS and or unidentified groups & individuals.

Hostage-taking and killing of civilians and state civil servants and all those who are not directly involved in the hostilities or who, for any other reason, are no longer able to participate in the conflict is strictly prohibited under the Common Article 3 of the Four Geneva Conventions; and such actions are regarded as war crimes, according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The Commission, while condemning the killing of civilians and expressing its condolences to the families of the victims, once again calls on the parties to the conflict, especially the Taliban, to put an end to the abduction and killing of civilians, including state civil servants, who are also considered civilians under international humanitarian law.

 

 


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