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2 employees of AIHRC killed in Kabul roadside blast

2 employees of AIHRC killed in Kabul roadside blast

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Jun 27, 2020 - 13:22

KABUL (Pajhwok): Two employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) were killed in a roadside blast in Kabulinfo-icon on Saturday, the rights body said in a statement.

“It is with deep regret that the AIHRC announces that its employees lost their lives when their car was targeted by an IED in Kabul this morning, Saturday, 27 June, 2020.”

They were Fatima Khalil, a Donor Liaison Officer and Jawid Folad, a driver. They were traveling in a Commission shuttle taking them to the office early this morning when the vehicle was struck by an IED at Butkhak Square, District, 12.

“AHIRC sends deepest condolences to the families of these respected colleagues. The Commission is shocked by their killing which goes against the teachings of Islam, the Constitution, and International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.”

“We condemn such a heinous attack on our employees in the strongest possible terms.  As of now, no group has claimed the responsibility of the attack and the perpetrators have not been identified yet. Those responsible should be identified after an investigation and brought to justice for committing this terrible crime.”

This was not the first time that Commission staff had been targeted and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Last September, Abdul Samad Ameri, the Acting Head of the Ghorinfo-icon Provincial Office was abducted on the Kabul-Ghor highway in Maidan Wardak Province and killed two days later by gunfire.

In previous years other AIHRC personnel had also lost their lives in targeted attacks. This formed a pattern of attacks on a constitutionally mandated national human rights institution that is unparalleled. It was intolerable in the context of armed conflict deliberately killing human rights defenders was a war crime.  

AIHRC assured all Afghans that it remained committed to promoting and protecting human rights in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

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