The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) formed a ‘Human Rights and Victims’ Human Rights Advisory Group’ to consult with the Afghan government and Taliban negotiating delegations on securing the rights of war victims and addressing their demands during the peace talks.
In a press release on Tuesday, the AIHRC said the advisory group was set up in keeping with their four mechanisms they had proposed to increase the participation of victims, experts and the public in the peace process.
“The AIHRC has always considered the Afghan peace talks as a unique opportunity to end the war, the suffering of the Afghan people, and the need to address the demands of the people, especially war victims, for human rights and broad and meaningful participation in the peace process,” the statement said.
The Afghan government’s negotiating team welcomed the commission’s proposals to form the group which would include human rights activists and civil society members.
The AIHRC received 23 applicants and selected eight volunteers, five men and three women, who are experts in legal and civil matters.
The members are Freshta Karimi, Sayed Abdullah Ahmadi, Bibi Maryam Zarmati, Abdul Basir Toryali, Humira Saqib, Lal Gul Lal, Abdul Wadud and Bilal Ahmad Niazi.
The members of the advisory group will present their proposals to both negotiating delegations and any their questions that may arise.
They will also hold consultations with civil society networks to provide accurate, effective and expert opinions.
The AIHRC will facilitate the meeting of the advisory groups with the negotiating teams during the peace talks.