AIHRC Calls For Concrete Action Against Perpetrators Of Kabul Attack

Kabul: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) while condemning the May 8 attack on the Sayed ul Shuhada school in west Kabul in which over 50 people were killed and 151 were injured, said that there is an urgent need to take concrete steps including establishing a ceasefire which will prevent civilian casualties.

The AIHRC, on Sunday in a statement, called on the Taliban to commit to a lasting ceasefire and also sought special protection to the Hazaras and to the community in Dasht-e-Barchi by the Afghanistan government. “The Afghan government should communicate immediately a human rights-based protection plan for Dasht-e-Barchi and West Kabul,” said AIHRC in the statement.
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The AIHRC also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call on a special leadership meeting this week, prior to Eid, and communicate to the Afghan people what the UN is willing to do to address the killing of these children. They also asked the UN Special Rapporteur for Children and Armed Conflict to outline concrete, practical steps to ensure targeting of schools, tutoring centers and universities does not repeat.

The AIHRC also called for an expert independent team of United Nations investigators to carry out fact-finding mission into the targeted attacks. “The purpose of this investigation should be identification of the perpetrators, as well as collection of evidence and submit a report within 60 days,” said AIHRC.

They also called on the security council to issue a resolution recognizing Saturday’s massacre of schoolchildren and prevalence of war crime and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

Finally, the AIHRC also called on the Afghan government to ensure that these children have the right to be listed on the official list of victims held by the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled.

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