Rabbani vehemently criticizes HRW report
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s report on human rights violation as baseless and personal views of some individuals, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani acknowledged that bringing reforms in the Afghanistan government strucuter though facing challenges.
Speaking at a gathering arranged to mark the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari here in Kabul on Friday, Rabbani said that the HRW did not consider international standard and released the report against Afghanistan jihadi commanders.
The HRW report released Tuesday (March 3) calls on new President Ashraf Ghani and his government to prosecute officials and commanders "whose serious human rights abuses have long gone unpunished."
The report titled Today We Shall All Die: Afghanistan's Strongmen and the Legacy of Impunity, said the "previous Afghan government and the United States enabled powerful and abusive individuals and their forces to commit atrocities for too long without being held to account."
The report based on 125 interviews HRW has carried out since August 2012 profiles eight "strongmen" linked to police, intelligence, and militia forces responsible for serious abuses in recent years.
The eight men named were Hazara leader Abdul Hakim Shojoyi, former Takhar police chief Khair Mohammad Timur, Afghan Local Police Commander Azizullah from the Urgun district in Paktika province, Atta Mohammad Noor, the incumbent acting governor of northern Balkh province, Najibullah Kapisa, the National Directorate of Security chief for Takhar, Mir Alam, a former senior commander with the Jamiat party, Asadullah Khalid, the former head of the National Security Directorate, and General Abdul Raziq, the Kandahar provincial police commander.
“Some reports have been published just recently against Afghanistan jihadi commanders including our brother Mujahid Atta Mohammad Noor who has been playing significant role in progress and development of the country,” Rabbani added.
Afghanistan and international organizations, he stressed direly needed to work in tandem and stopped publishing reports that would leave negative impact on ties.
“Publishing such kinds of malicious reports will inflict harm on the Afghan society who will not trust its reports in future,” he added.
Meanwhile, some Facebook users said many human rights violators existed in Afghanistan and all of them should have been named in the report, not only some of them.
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