EU Calls for Transparent, Thorough Investigations of Attacks & Assassinations in Afghanistan

The European Union says it expects transparent and thorough investigations of all attacks and assassinations in Afghanistan.

EU in a statement has said that the perpetrators and those ordering crimes in Afghanistan, regardless of affiliation, should held accountable in fair trials.

“The last months in Afghanistan have seen a worrying trend of systematic targeted attacks and killings of journalists, human rights defenders, civil society representatives and civil servants,” the statement said.

EU said the assassination of Mr Yousuf Rasheed, prominent civil society activist and head of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan, follows the killing of Rahmatullah Nikzad, journalist and Chair of Ghazni’s Association of Journalists and of five doctors, in the last three days.

“As others who have fallen victim to this senseless spiral of violence, they dedicated their lives fearlessly and humbly to the common good and furthering of human rights, democracy and humanity in Afghanistan,” the statement reads.

EU stressed that the families and all who have lost loved ones to the violence in the country deserve justice.

“These attacks contribute to a climate of fear and repression and hamper the development of Afghanistan as the country is taking steps on a path towards peace. The violence must stop,” the statement added.

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