UN denounces ‘serious human rights abuses’ in Afghanistan

UN denounces 'serious human rights abuses' in Afghanistan

KABUL: The United Nations has expressed concern with the number of reported “serious human rights abuses” and violations alleged in communities most affected by the ongoing military offensive across the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity. “Those who carry out any such acts must be held accountable.”
This statement comes amid a surge in violence in Afghanistan as the Taliban has intensified its offensive against civilians and Afghan security forces with the pullback of foreign forces from the war-torn country just a few weeks away.

The UN has reiterated that parties are obliged to respect the human rights and dignity of all Afghans, especially those of women and girls who have in the past been subjected to particularly acute forms of discrimination.

The UN agency added that the best way to end harm to civilians is for peace talks to be re-invigorated in order for a negotiated settlement to be reached.

“Those genuinely interested in the future of Afghanistan and its people, should prioritize negotiating a peace and committing to measures, including safeguarding the country’s infrastructure, that will show a real concern for the welfare of all Afghans,” the statement said.

All parties are urged to announce an Eid ceasefire that can give Afghans a respite from the conflict and that may contribute to sustained and meaningful peace negotiations, it added. (ANI)