AIHRC & UN Call out Government and Foreign Forces for Civilian Casualties

Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (AIHRC) on Thursday left remark for the Afghan government as well as the foreign forces and requested them to “cooperate in using the most effective methods” during battles so as to prevent civilian casualties.

This comes in light of recent civilian casualties that have seen an increase in the over the past two weeks especially.

Recently, on Tuesday, at least 23 civilians were killed as per UNAMA’s estimates as a result of a joint airstrike by Afghan and foreign forces in Garmsir district in southern Helmand province.

Muqim Alizai, the head of the AIHRC office in Helmand said, “We recorded 1,950 casualties in Helmand in the past eight months.
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From the figure, 62 people have lost their lives”.

AIHRC estimates claim that 5,985 civilians have been killed and wounded in armed conflicts over the past six months alone including women and children.

Not just AIHRC, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also expressed grave concern in light of the recent count of 23 casualties faced by civilians in Helmand.

UNAMA also noted “three days earlier, during fighting between Taliban and pro-government forces, three civilian homes were struck by explosive ordnance in Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province, killing two civilians and injuring at least 14 more, including 10 children, reportedly after Taliban initiated an attack from the vicinity of civilian homes against an Afghan National Army convoy returning to its base.”

UNAMA has observed that children and women were “disproportionately attacked” in these two incident of Helmand, wherein children comprised nearly 55% of casualties.

“UNAMA reminds all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm, and holds that all parties to the conflict must strictly adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to take all feasible measures to protect civilians,” UNAMA’s statement released on Thursday read.

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