8500 Civilians Killed, Wounded in 2020: AIHRC

8500 Civilians Killed, Wounded in 2020: AIHRC

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27 Jan 2021

The findings of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) show that 2020 has been a bloody, challenging and costly year for civilians in the country.

The rights body blamed the increase in civilian casualties on the non-compliance of the warring parties with the rules and principles of international humanitarian law and their use of devastating methods of warfare.

According to the AIHRC findings, 8,500 people were killed and injured in the country during the last year, of which 2,958 civilians were killed and another 5,542 were injured.

However, the commission has stated that the number of civilian casualties last year decreased by 21% compared to 2019.

According to the statistics of this commission, 10,772 people were killed and injured in 2019, of which 2,817 were killed and another 7,955 were injured.

However, the AIHRC said the Taliban were responsible for 53 percent of civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, the Afghan security forcesand their supporters have been blamed for only 15 percent of civilian casualties.

AIHRC released its annual report on civilian casualties in 2020 on Wednesday.

Statistics of civilian casualties recorded by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission show that an average of 8 people are killed and 15 others are injured every day in the country.

This comes as statistics from the Independent Human Rights Commission show that of the 8,500 killed and injured, 5,539 were men, 847 were women and 2,019 were children.

The commission added that the gender of 95 people killed and wounded had not been established.

On the other hand, the commission has stated that women’s casualties have decreased by 13% compared to 2019.

According to statistics from the Independent Human Rights Commission, 847 women were killed in 2020, of whom 330 were killed and 517 were injured.

Meanwhile, in 2019, the total death toll of women has increased to 974 people. Of these, 282 were killed and 692 were injured.

The findings also show that child mortality has decreased by 25 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. According to the commission, in 2020, the total number of child deaths will reach 2,019, of which 565 were killed and 1,454 were injured. Meanwhile, in 2019, the total number of child deaths reached 2,696, of which 445 were killed and 2,251 were injured.

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