UNAMA strongly condemns attack on judges and prosecutors
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemned Sunday’s suicide attack against a civilian bus transporting employees of the Attorney General's Office in Kabul.
“An emerging pattern of deliberate targeted attacks by the Taliban against civilian staff in the Attorney General's Office and legal professionals is reprehensible and must stop," said the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto.
"Attacks deliberately targeting civilians are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes," he added.
UNAMA said in a statement from 1 January to 10 May 2015, the Taliban claimed responsibility on their website for 11 separate attacks against legal professionals and court houses which caused 28 killed and 86 injured an increase of more than 600 per cent from the same period last year.
"These attacks call into question the Taliban's public statements to protect civilians," said Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA’s Human Rights Director. "All of those killed and injured in the 10 May attack in Kabul were civilians going about their daily business.”
UNAMA reiterated that international humanitarian law, which binds all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, prohibits attacks against civilians at any time and in any place. This includes civilian government workers and judicial authorities, the statement added.
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