AIHRC: 31 Civilians, Mostly Women And Children Killed, Wounded Across Afghanistan Last Week

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) urged both warring parties to observe international human rights law principles after their latest reports found that 31 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed or injured in attacks across the country last week.

“The commission considers such attacks a war crime and once again calls on the responsible institutions to investigate the attacks, identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” the rights organisation said.

Their assessments showed major casualties in the provinces of Kabul, Ghazni and Badghis, after talking to security and local officials.

A roadside bomb in the Jegdalak area of Surobi district in Kabul province early morning on July 14, was confirmed by security and health sources and local elders.
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The AIHRC said the landmine was planted by “anti-government militants” and killed at least five people, while eight others were injured including two children.

Also, according to the rights commission’s assessment, a civilian car was hit by a roadside bomb in the Jaghatu district of Ghazni province on July 11, killing three women and two girls. Eight people, including children, were among the injured.

Also, on July 8, three children were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Gandab village of Abkamari district of Badghis province.

The rights body said that in their biannual report, they found that one of the leading causes of civilian casualties were mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), that accounted for 26% of civilian casualties. They called on the Taliban to stop using roadside bombs as a war tactic.

On July 10, a mortar fired by the Taliban hit a snooker club in the capital of Ghazni province in the Nawabad area, resulting in two of the club staff getting injured. In Uruzgan’s Dehrawood district, a 10-year-old was killed, and a 6-year-old child was injured due to unexploded ordinance on the same day.

The AIHRC said, they had “repeatedly expressed” concern over the rising number of civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict in their press briefings, reports, statements and social media.

“[We have] repeatedly called on all parties to the conflict to reduce violence and maintain a ceasefire. To start the inter-Afghan peace talks as soon as possible to end the war, fully respect the right to life of the people and not cause any casualties to the civilians,” the commission said.
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It called on both parties, to adhere strictly to the principles and norms of international human rights law, to respect the right to life and liberty of citizens, to protect the lives and property of citizens, and avoid harming civilians.

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