UN rights chief denounces bomb attack on AIHRC bus
KABUL (Pajhwok): A top UN official on Tuesday condemned as disgraceful the attack on a vehicle of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein likened the bomb attack on the AIHRC bus, killing two people and wounding six others, to an attack on the people of Afghanistan.
“This is a cowardly and reprehensible attack, and I hope, despite the tragic loss of their staff, the commission will simply come back stronger and more effective than ever and the United Nations will do its utmost to help it do so,” Zeid said in a statement.
The official, hailing the rights watchdog as one of the country’s most important institutions, said since it was founded in 2002, the AIHRC had made valiant efforts to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Afghanistan.
Seeking to improve the everyday life of all Afghans after decades of conflict and violations, the commission had done its best to resist pressures from government and opposition alike in its daily work, the official noted.
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