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Updated On: Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Development Issues

Human Rights and Peace in Afghanistan

Content by: South-South News

14 May 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — Speaking at a conference on human right in Kabul on May 9, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, said that accountability and justice are key to achieving peace in Afghanistan.

Gilmour said, “Peace does not just mean the absence of war - and justice is an absolutely core component.” He added, “Accountability for perpetrators is absolutely key prerequisite in terms, both for victims and survivors but also for sustainable peace, for reconciliation.”

Gilmour, who is in the country for an official visit, described an amnesty law passed by Afghanistan’s parliament in 2007 as a “negative signal” that indicates powerful people were unwilling to have their past crimes exposed, investigated and prosecuted.

On governments’ use of force in the fight against terrorism, the Assistant Secretary-General said, “Country after country fighting terrorism - the mistakes are made of fighting that war against terrorism in such a way that more terrorists are created than there were before they started fighting the war against it.”

He added, “The reason is very simple, the war, against terrorism, is normally fought using such unintelligent, such brutal means and such a refusal to consider any accountability – means that it creates yet further enemies for the government.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) continues to document war-related civilian deaths in spates of horrific violence.

Gilmour was speaking at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, during a conference on Accountability, Human Rights, Justice and Peace.

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