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No hope for peace until war criminals punished

No hope for peace until war criminals punished

May 23, 2013 - 19:55

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) on Thursday said its investigation showed the peace process in Afghanistaninfo-icon could not succeed until war criminals were tried and their victims compensated.

TJCG head Azaryun Matin told reporters in Kabul the Talibaninfo-icon and the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan could not be entirely blamed for no major breakthrough in the peace process, saying the government and the international community paid little heed to the implementation of transitional justice and the civil societyinfo-icon role in this regard had been far from satisfactory.

"We should find the facts hidden behind war crimes and expose the parties involved in order to prevent them in future," Matin said, insisting peace could not be achieved as long as crimes against humanity were not investigated.

He said the government should support efforts at unveiling facts behind war crimes instead of creating hurdles to their disclosure.

He said the government moved to block instead of supporting the release of a report compiled by the Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission detailing war crimes committed over the past three decades.

Matin suggested if the government was unable to bring to justice war criminals, it should at least compensate their victims.

He said roads, squares and places should be named after war crimes victims and commemorative plaques erected on places where mass graves had been unearthed.

Matin also said they had devised a three-year plan on how to bring peace and stability to the country. He said the four-page plan had been devised in cooperation with nearly a hundred other organizations working for protection of human rights.

He said one of the key hurdles to the peace process was international support enjoyed by war criminals, who had been tasked with achieving peace with the rebels.


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