Afghan govt partially agrees to HRW report
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has agreed to some points in the Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s annual report, but says security forces are paying more attention to human rights and the government has seriously continued its anti-corruption effort.
Infighting among government institutions jeopardised the broader reform agenda in 2015 when abuses by security forces and advances by the Taliban undermined public confidence in their rulers, HRW noted.
The government’s steps, notably expansion of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) that has been accused of rape, extortion and unlawful killings, endangered the protection of fundamental rights, the watchdog observed.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the government had studied the report and agreed to some findings regarding violations of human rights, insecurity and anti-human acts by Taliban and other militants.
“The acts of Taliban are not something new for us, they have already committed systematic anti-human acts in the past. The Afghan government is offering sacrifices each day to prevent them,” the statement said.
It said respect for human rights was the main value of Afghanistan security and defence forces and awareness about human rights had been included in the curriculum of the forces.
President Ashraf Ghani had several times instructed Afghan defence and security forces that in addition to respecting human rights, they should defend their rights, the statement added.
“Even credible international institutions have praised Afghan security and defence forces for obeying human rights in the war, especially Kunduz,” it added.
The president likewise has instructed the Ministry of Interior to prevent illegal armed groups from operating and the local police should only be operating under the framework of the ministry.
The Afghan government has taken some effective measures against corruption in the country, the statement. For instance, it said, the government had sacked 130 judges over the past two months as part of the anti-corruption effort and safety of human rights.
The statement said the Afghan government had taken practical steps to increase women’s role in the government and empower them.
The government had appointed four female ministers, three commissioners on the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), three commissioners on the election commissions, a commissioner on the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution, two female commissioners on the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission and some female ambassadors in foreign countries.
According to the statement, the president for the first time introduced a woman as member of the Supreme Court High Council.
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