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People's access to justice dropped 45pc: AIHRC

People's access to justice dropped 45pc: AIHRC

Mar 03, 2013 - 19:17

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday voiced its deep concern over plummeting people's access to justice and law enforcement agencies, claiming 45 percent decline in the access ratio last year.

AIHRC chief Mohammad Musa Mahmoudi told a press conference in Kabul that the commission had completed its report on the human rights situation in the country  and the findings were being delivered to the authorities concerned.

He said their investigations included interviewsinfo-icon with jail inmates about their access to defence lawyers, besides gathering information about the activities of courts and prosecutor's offices and illegal armed groups.

AIHRC commissioners visited detention centres, womeninfo-icon shelters and held interviews with war victims, inmates, eye witnesses and government officials over the past six months across the country, he said.

Last year, President Hamid Karzai said good governance, an effective anti-corruption fight, rule of law and a strong economy would remain his top priorities.

He ordered cases against individuals detained by police or investigated by the Attorney General Office (AGO) disposed of on a fast-track basis.

Since then, AIHRC chief said 181 cases of administrative corruption, land grabs and target killings had taken place, with 1,400 cases going unnoticed. He said around 3,554 prisoners in the country’s jails awaited word on their fate.

Unlike last year, primary courts in 86 districts were seen active, another AIHRC member, Fahim Hakim, said, lamenting 22 provinces lacked prosecution offices.



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