Following the escalation of targeted assassinations of journalists, human rights activists and civil society activists in Afghanistan, human rights defenders in the country have expressed their concern about the current situation and called for security.
In recent months, targeted attacks on journalists and human rights activists in Kabul, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Ghor, Balkh, Herat and Helmand have raised security concerns. The Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Afghan government has blamed the increase on peace talks.
The murder of civil activists and the media causes censorship of reality and events!
Nasim Kardan Kabul, Afghanistan: I am concerned that the killing of civil society activists and the media will lead to censorship of events and facts. And the Afghan government has failed to provide security for journalists, civil society activists and human rights activists. And I call on the Afghan government and the international community to stop the ongoing killing of human rights activists and journalists as soon as possible.
In my opinion: “The current targeted killings are causing journalists, human rights and civil rights activists to censor some events and facts, as well as the killing of journalists, human rights and civil rights activists in explosions and armed attacks. “Our work environment has had a negative impact and, on the other hand, it has caused us psychological damage.”
Barriers and threats against journalists and human rights activists are increasing day by day; But no one takes responsibility for it. The current situation has had a negative impact on journalists, human rights and civil society activists, especially women, and in some places, activists have been forced to resign. While I am concerned about security threats against journalists, human rights and civil rights activists, some journalists and media activists, human rights activists and civil society activists have recently been assassinated in various attacks, and no one has claimed responsibility for them. And those who have been forced to leave their job in a bad economic and health situation, this bad situation does not only affect one person in the family, but all family members suffer from this crisis.
Global support for journalists, human rights and civil society activists in Afghanistan:
An official from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also said in the days leading up to the attacks that “recent terrorist incidents” show how much human rights defenders are being threatened and pressured. That the United Nations supports human rights defenders in Afghanistan.
The representative of the European Union Office in Afghanistan also said at one of the conferences: The European Union is committed to supporting human rights defenders. He called for a thorough investigation into the recent events and said the investigation is expected to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
According to Amnesty International officials, human rights activists are groups that fight violence against women, corruption, and other anomalies and include lawyers, journalists, and even teachers who teach children the values of human rights.
With these definitions of this process of insecurity against journalists, civil society activists and human rights, but so far no effective action has been taken to ensure their security; These statements remain mere words and show the weakness of management in the institutions of the Afghan government and international institutions operating in Afghanistan.