Increasing Violence And Civilian Murder in Afghanistan

Reports show that in the first six months of 2021, more than five thousand civilians were killed and injured in current conflict and violence by the Taliban and other armed groups, that half of them are women and children.

Figures show that the percentage of civilian casualties in the first half of this year increased by forty-seven percent compared to the same period last year.  more worrying thing is that, most of attacks that killed and wounded civilians, took place in May and June with the final withdrawal of US and international troops, which is really worrying. and if violence is not stopped, also intensifying military operations continues in densely populated urban areas, there will be occur a humanitarian catastrophe and large number of civilians will be killed and defective.

Attack and killing of civilians by any armed group under any name is considered a violation of human rights and genocide. and Afghanistan government must recapture the lost areas which is under the rule of Taliban and supply security of the people.

Belgian Independent Human Rights Organization also willing for an end to the violence by fighting parties as soon as possible. and call on international community and United Nations to investigate killing of civilians and compel the fighting parties to talk and bring them to negotiating table.

Reporter: Ahmad Reshad “ Eqbal ”

He build schools for girls and a hospitals for women

Mohammad Gol Sahebzadah, a well-meaning figure in Afghanistan, has made great efforts to alleviate poverty.
For several years now, he has built many schools for girls, hospitals for women, many bridges and roads in some provinces of Afghanistan at his own expense, and Mr. Sahebzadah also has donated computers for students.

After all his valuable services for poverty alleviation, the Belgian Independent Human Rights Organization awarded him the Anti-Poverty Medal.

Reporter: Samim “Naimi”

Bighro was awarded by the Afghan Women’s Network

Belgian Independent Global Human Rights Organization has received an award of appreciation from the Afghan Women’s Network. 

For always standing up for human rights in particular women’s rights (in war).The hardwork of all BiGHRO colleagues is appreciate, this award belongs to all bighro colleagues.

Reporter: Samim”Naimi”

Fighting corruption in Afghanistan is a difficult and complex task

Qaiss Bawari is the Deputy Attorney General of Afghanistan for Anti-Corruption Affairs. He has previously worked in the human rights department in the southern provinces of Afghanistan. Mr. Bawari is working hard to resist decisively against corruption. Corruption has been an obstacle to transparent governance for many years.

This week, Mr. Rasooli, head of the Belgian Independent Human Rights Organization, visited Qaiss Bawari and encouraged him to fight seriously against corruption by awarding him the Medal of Human Rights Defender.

The fight against corruption is a great demand of the international community to the leaders of Afghanistan, Mr. Bawari has promised to fight seriously against corruption and injustice in Afghanistan.

Reporter: Samim “Naimi”

The Human Rights Situation in The Taliban Territory

Taliban have imposed restrictions on men and women after seizing and control number of districts in Afghanistan provinces like that Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Faryab, which is against human rights standards and laws of the country.

These restrictions include banning women from leaving the house without hijab and mahram, blocking girls schools, prohibition of providing health services to women without mahram, banning the use of television, forcing teachers and school children to use lameness and not shaving is one of the most important restrictions that Taliban have imposed on the people, which has caused serious concern to citizens, the Taliban have also sent letters to mosques and requested people, families with two or three children should include one of them in the ranks of Taliban, also people are obliged to cooperate with this group in providing any necessities, and if anyone refuses to cooperate with them, will be punished seriously.

Following the exacerbation of violence over the past few months, human rights situation in Afghanistan has faced serious challenges and concerns, also citizens access to basic rights and freedoms has been restricted in some of provinces, displacement of people in different places, lack of access to health services, increasing poverty and economic problems are other issues that indicate the deterioration of human rights situation.

Getting independence and restricting the individual freedoms of a person is against human principles and human rights violations, and government of Afghanistan has responsibility to protect their lives and property and provide security for the people, till they can live in peace and tranquillity. we call on United Nations and Amnesty International to investigate human rights abuses by the Taliban and to put the necessary pressure on this group to prevent human rights abuses.

Reporter: Ahmad Reshad “ Eqbal ”

The shooting of war prisoners by the Taliban in Faryab is a war crime

In a report published by Amnesty International, the Taliban broadcasted a video that shows shooting some of arrested soldiers unconcernedly and this action of them indicates that they continue to their crimes and they don’t consider themselves responsible for any of their barbaric acts.

Amnesty International considers the Taliban’s action a barbaric and a war crime, and emphasizes that their claims In view of this evidance suggests that the Taliban’s persistent claims to have changed their ways are predicated on a lie and completely undermines their claims that they will respect human rights in the peace process.

Afghan authorities should launch an immediate investigation into this reprehensible act in an attempt to bring those responsible to justice, however, should this fail the international community and the International Criminal Court must step in.

Reporter: Samim“Naimi“

Taliban more violent than ever:

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In the latest case of violence against women by the Taliban in Takhar province of Afghanistan, they have decided in the occupied districts of the province and asked the families to marry one of their daughters to the militants of this group. It turned out that the terrorist group ISIS was operating in Syria and Iraq, and this group is not separate from this extremist Islamic policy.

The Taliban is an extremist and anti-human group and does not believe in any international law, let alone the equality of men and women, nor do they believe in the values of human rights and equality of human dignity. According to the Taliban, Islam does not allow women to leave their homes without the permission of a Muharram. This ban means restricting the right to work, the right to liberty and other women’s rights. The Taliban basically want the separation of men and women in the public sphere. For them, it is not acceptable for women to go to places where non-mahram men are present, either for education or work. According to Taliban’s story of Islam, women cannot be present in society as judges or political leaders. There seems to be an irreconcilable contradiction between Taliban’s views on Islam and women’s rights and freedoms in Afghanistan.

We call on the international community and the international organizations to stop human rights abuses in Afghanistan, and for the Taliban to abide by human rights laws, to stop harassing people, and to respect the legitimate demands of the people, which are individual and collective freedom.

Reports by Nasim Kardan

Forced Migration is Considered War Crime

Taliban forcibly relocate 400 Badakhshan families living in Kunduz province to Badakhshan province.
These families who came to the area (Bagh-e-Shirkat) in the province years ago due to insecurity and poverty and were busy living, were forcibly relocated after the Taliban took over, burned their house, killed their men in front of their families, also their wives and children were forcibly displaced, and now these displaced people are living without shelter in one of the districts of Badakhshan, and no help has been provided for them so far.
The Afghan government has not only taken no action on this issue, even they provided the ground for killings and forced Migration, which indicates the Afghan government’s collusion with terrorist groups.
Forced migration of persons under any circumstances and by any faction is considered a war crime and genocide, and also violation of human rights, and governments have responsibility to treat their citizens regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.
Belgian Independent Global Human Rights Organization calls on the United Nations and Amnesty International to investigate regarding this matter.

Reporter: Ahmad Reshad “ Eqbal

The most prominent human rights violations in Afghanistan in 2021

Since early 2021, the start of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban insecurity has escalated. Clashes between the Taliban and the country’s security forces have intensified in various parts of Afghanistan. These clashes inflict the most casualties on civilians and take their toll every day. Women and children are disproportionately more affected by these wars.

The Taliban have complete control over most districts and provinces. They plunder residences and set houses on fire. Residents who have fled their homes fearing war express that teachers and charitable staff responsible for facilitating education have fled schools. As a result, this also meant the closure of schools. Essential roads in the provinces are closed by the group and are under economic siege. Those who could have fled, only the elderly and disabled who remain in these areas are in poor conditions. They cannot access basic food and services.

We call on the government of Afghanistan and the international community to pay serious attention to the displaced people and provide humanitarian assistance to them as soon as possible. In addition, we urge all parties involved to respect humanitarian law and prevent civilian casualties in war.

Samim “Naimi”


Disbelief in peace and concerned about human rights violations in Afghanistan:

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While ending the war and killing is generally a positive thing, the special situation in Afghanistan with the Taliban, which has increased their activities in recent years, has raised fears in Afghan society about the future of the country in the absence of a strong deterrent force. Violence has escalated into Taliban insurgency.

The United States will end the longest war in 20 years with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on May 1 and the end of the withdrawal on September 11 this year.

The Afghan government has good resources to stand up to the Taliban terrorist group, but they have lost the ability to organize and mobilize their forces. The government does not have the ability to mobilize the people, the forces and the facilities at their disposal. There are several reasons for this. One of the most important reasons is that the government apparatus is inefficient and has been crippled by administrative and moral corruption. So the fear is serious. This fear has two aspects, one of which is the lack of confidence of the majority of the Afghan people in the current government, and the other aspect of which is due to the sharp increase in the confidence of the Taliban, which is trying to dominate the country.

The Taliban may continue the war under various pretexts. One of their excuses may be the purge of forces and groups that they are say a major obstacle to the establishment of an Islamic government and system. In fact, under this pretext, the Taliban seek revenge on groups they have fought against in the last twenty years, such as human rights activists, civil society activists and journalists. The second issue that causes the Taliban to continue the war in Afghanistan under this pretext is the issue of seizing power. Due to their nature, the Taliban do not believe in the division of power, the separation of powers and the distribution of resources. The third issue is the issue of Islamization of society and government. The Taliban may continue to fight in the country to establish the government they want and to secure the values they believe in. Another reason the Taliban may continue to fight in Afghanistan is that they claim ethnicity and seek the domination of a particular ethnic group in Afghanistan. They seek to dominate the Pashtun people in the country, so it is likely that the Taliban will continue to fight to eliminate non-Pashtun political elites in Afghanistan.

As the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan begins, attacks on Afghan security forces in various provinces of the country have increased and a number of districts have fallen to the Taliban. Afghan security officials say they have withdrawn tactically from these areas. Afghan government officials have previously blamed the fall on districts for preventing civilian casualties. But the people of Afghanistan do not believe this, and they believe that, under the new government policy, a number of difficult-to-reach districts will be evacuated where they have difficulties to defend and send troops to these areas. If the evacuation of the districts should be done in consultation with the people and local commanders to prevent further harm to the people.

In our view, the announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has raised concerns about the loss of human rights progress. And the announcement of a plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan has heightened concerns about rising insecurity. And it has raised concerns for us that Afghanistan’s progress on human rights is being lost.

The people of Afghanistan, who have decades of experience in human rights abuses, fear that their achievements in media freedom, education, health care and women’s rights will soon be lost and that there will be no accountability for injustice.

Let the international community declare their commitment to the protection of human rights in Afghanistan. We believe that the Taliban’s approach to human rights is of grave concern.

Report by Nasim Kardan

What Will Happen to Afghan Citizens if Taliban Take the Power?

It is being nearly 20 years that the Taliban have been fighting government forces to retake Afghanistan and re-establish the Islamic Emirate. They previously ruled Afghanistan for five years, which is one of the darkest periods in Afghanistan’s contemporary history. The Taliban used to be considered a terrorist group, but gained political legitimacy after the signing of the peace agreement with the United States, which led the group to believe that their war was legitimate and the international community will recognize them as State after their victory. (Occupation of Afghanistan). They are more at war with the Afghan government and people than ever before, and they want to seize power not through peace but through war.

The citizens of Afghanistan, who are worried about the return of this group, will no longer be able to experience that dark period again under the name of the Islamic Emirate. They know that the return of the Taliban will certainly not be without tragedy for them.

Although the Taliban say they have made mistakes in the past and no longer want to repeat those mistakes, but as we know there is not the slightest change in their behaviors. They attack journalists, human rights activists, university professors, health workers and government employees every day.

Recently, in a popular TV show, Hafizullah Mansoor one of the senior members of Afghan peace negotiation team was asked About the Taliban’s views on freedom of expression and their treatment with other religious groups especially the Shiites, whether the Taliban’s views have changed or not?

In response to Tv Show’s presenter Mr. Mansoor Said “The Taliban have not changed and they are exactly the same group they were 20 years ago. They reject freedom of expression and will treat other religious groups in Afghanistan as they have in the past.” He Added if the Taliban get the power they will punish all Afghan citizens. No matter who were them. The people who were lived in the city or in the village, the people who were government employees or not, the people who worked for Foreign troops or not, they are going to punish all citizens as USA or NATO’s slaves.

Afghanistan has made tangible achievements in the last 20 years in various fields, and everyone believes that if the international community leaves Afghanistan alone, not only will these achievements be lost, but a humanitarian catastrophe will occur in this country.

We (BIGHRO) call on the international community not to believe what the Taliban say. they are just a terrorist group and that they will not be commit to any agreement.

Mohammad Elham “Nawid Yasini”

Documentary of the genocide of the Hazaras and the silence of the world against it:

I’m, Nasim Kardan, just one year ago, in one of the areas of Kabul, Afghanistan, was surveying the low-income and poor people of this area of ​​Kabul, known as the Chehel Dokhtar and Kata Bolandi, which is mostly inhabited by Hazaras, and is one of the most deprived areas. I was busy enrolling because some of our friends living outside Afghanistan had donated food aid to the poor. Suddenly my phone rang and I answered. I saw that she was one of my friends and she knew where I was that day. After I greeted her, she asked me: Where are you and how are you?

I said: Yes, I am fine, how about that?

She said: “I heard the news that a terrorist attack took place in a hospital near you. I wanted to know about you; Then her call was end off because my phone number did not work well. Then I found out that a little further away, in one of the hospitals in the same area, the terrorists attacked and entered the obstetric hospital where the women were giving birth, and shot all the people inside the hospital with barrage of bullets. In that attack, women and children were killed.

If these areas are very deprived of the capital of the country, this deprivation was limited. People did not have access to the simplest basic facilities of life, namely water, electricity, roads and clinics, while this area is very crowded. And as far as I know, the people deliberately kept this place in this state, and this is a completely systematic inhuman act, and it is done deliberately by the Afghan government.

I saw: the houses in this area are not livable at all, but people live in those houses because they do not have enough income. And the most victims of this violence are women, children and the elderly. I asked one of the ladies, “Are you using government aid?” She said no.

I asked, “What do you see as the reason?” “Government officials who come see only a few houses and leave, not all of them,” she said. She added and gave me an example and said: The process that started under the name Dester Khowan Mili (National Tablecloth) Everyone knows that every family deserves ten loaves of bread, but in this area we have only one loaf of bread and sometimes two loaves of bread We do not receive rest of our rights and do not given by the government.

In the last case of this violence (the genocide of the Hazaras) of course one of the most heinous and bloody, a few days ago, I found out that some of the girls who were killed were talking to me last year and telling me about their lessons: We weave carpets at home to cover our school expenses so that we can continue our education. They hoped to go to university in the future and have a good future, but unfortunately some of them are no longer alive and were buried with all their dreams.

The Hazaras are historically the only large ethnic group in Afghanistan that has seen the most restrictions from various Afghan governments. But for various political and social reasons, this fact is hidden from the public views. In addition to all these restrictions, unfortunately, another reality that almost all Afghan governments deny is the genocide of the Hazaras.

According to the United Nations, I consider the following historical cases to be the genocide of the Hazaras:

  1. The massacre of the Hazaras by Abdul Rahman Khan: Between 1880 and 1901 and the massacres, approximately 63% of the total Hazara population was killed and the rest either left their area or were enslaved.
  2. Afshar Massacre: On February 10, 1993, the forces of the Shura-e-Nezar and the Islamic republic of Afghanistan did not spare even women, children and the elderly, as it has never been determined, because the Afghan government has always refused to pursue this incident.
  3. Mazar-e-Sharif massacre: According to documents and evidence, thousands of Hazara men, women and children were killed by the Taliban in August 1998 in Mazar-e-Sharif.
  4. Quetta Massacres: The genocide of Hazaras in Pakistan has killed more than 2,000 people and injured thousands between 2008 and 2014.

In the latest Hazara genocide in Afghanistan, it is done in different ways. I can mention some examples of Hazara genocide:

Killings in religious buildings, stadiums, schools and scientific places, in civil demonstrations, in religious ceremonies, killings in hospitals, on highways and… In the latest case of this Hazara genocide, and of course one of the most heinous and bloody, a few days ago, a car bomb exploded at the entrance of a school called Sayd al-Shuhada High School on the outskirts of the Hazara and deprived area west of the capital of Afghanistan. It targeted female students and most children at the school. As children left the school in groups, a car full of explosives exploded among the girls. After the first explosion, two improvised explosive devices were detonated. So far, at least 85 people, most of them female students under the age of 18, have been killed and more than 150 others injured. There is a possibility of an increase in the number of deaths and the injured who are in serious condition.

Genocide is an old crime and a new concept. Of course, in a way, explaining genocide to those who have not been affected by it seems difficult for everyone to be aware of the need to deal legally with the crime of murder, and every country has a law to prohibit and punish this crime. But the mass murder of one group of people by another group falls under a different area of legal responsibility. Before the advent of weapons of mass destruction, no single human being could kill millions of other human beings, and he needed many people to help him/her in this horrific massacre. Therefore, this act was the behavior of many against others. In essence, genocide is the behavior of a specific group against a group. In recent decades, genocide in the name of the majority has taken place against the minority. Methods of genocide in various fields: political, social, cultural, economic, biological, physical, religious and moral.

The term “genocide” did not exist until 1944. This very specific term refers to violent crimes committed against a group with the intent to destroy it. On December 9, 1948, the United Nations was forced to ratify the Convention on the Prohibition and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide under the influence of genocidal events around the world. Under the convention, “genocide” was recognized as an international crime, and the signatory states were required to “prohibit and punish” it. This convention defines genocide as follows. Genocide means any of the following acts committed with the aim of destroying part or all of a nation, ethnicity, racial or religious group:

(A) Killing group members (B) inflicting severe physical or mental harm on group members (C) The deliberate imposition of certain types of living conditions on a group with the aim of physically destroying part or all of the group (D) Imposition of measures to prevent childbirth in the group (E) Forced transfer of children from one group to another.

I consider the Afghan government to be involved in this genocide of the Hazaras, because it has made many shortcomings for the simplest possible task, which is the security of this people; According to the latest reports by a local newspaper in an interview with the director of the Seyd al-Shohada school, it is clear that the security forces were aware of the attack but did not act if they could have closed the school to prevent the killing of children, it was not happening.

Murder of civil society activists and media causes censorship of facts in Afghanistan:

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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.

Violence against Women in Afghanistan:

Violence against women is a serious human rights concern in Afghanistan. Despite the significant achievements that Afghanistan has had in the area of educating women and girls, health and their participation in the political, economic, social and civic affairs throughout the past 18 years, they still cannot fully enjoy or exercise their human rights. This can be because of the cultural and social challenges that women face in most parts of the country. Violence against women in Afghanistan is a widespread phenomenon that includes physical, sexual, economic, verbal, mental, and other types.

According to AIHRC’s Data Center, a total of 3477 cases of violence against women have been recorded at AIHRC offices in the first ten months of 2020. During the same period of time in 2019, the cases of violence recorded at AIHRC were 3910. A comparison of both shows 11% decline in violence against women in 2020; however, this decline could be due to lack of women’s access to legal and judicial organs, escalation of insecurity in different parts of the country, and the lockdown due to COVID-19.
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The families of the victims want justice:

Gunmen stormed a gypsum processing center in the Sorkh-Rod district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan on Wednesday night, 2021/3/3 killing seven workers, all residents of Bamyan province, and fled the scene.

Mohammad Hashem, Aref, Khodadad, Habib, Reza, Ali Khan and Mohammad Hussein were seven workers who were killed last Wednesday night in Nangarhar, all of whom belonged to the Hazara minority.

The victims’ families say the seven workers were first beaten and then handcuffed have been shot. A statement from the families of the victims described the incident as a “crime against humanity” in which ordinary workers who had gone from Kabul to Nangarhar to earn money were shot dead.

The statement from the families of the victims said that no action has been taken to identify and punish the perpetrators since the incident.

We call this human crime a war crime and I call on the Afghan government to pursue this incident seriously.

report by Nasim Kardan

Consolation Message

The Belgian Independent Global Human Rights Organisation consider the assassination of Dr. Khalil Normgui, the head of Central Baghlan Regional Hospital, an unforgivable and great crime and strongly condemn it. The leadership of Baghlan National Council during it’s remarkable meeting prayed for the martyrdom of the martyr and the civil authorities.

Dr. Khalil Normgoi was one of the leading specialists, servants and veterans of Baghlan province whom without any segregation and borderline in a voluntary manner had treated the wounded and sick. Returning to his home on the Baghlan-Pul-e-Khumri road in central Baghlan, he has been martyred by the enemies of peace and security and the opposition. He is considered a great loss. We wish the honorable’s family, survivors, public health and doctors of Baghlan province patience. may their memories be cherished.
We came from God and to him we return.

Journalists and Civil Society Activists are leaving Afghanistan!

After escalation of targeted-killings in recent months that have killed and injured hundreds of journalists, human rights activists, civil society activists and prominent figures; now Journalists, civil society activists are leaving Afghanistan permanently or temporarily due to growing security threats.
Recently, a female journalist and a male TV journalist, who are prominent TV personalities, left Afghanistan for security reasons. They attribute their departure from
Afghanistan to the lack of security and the government’s inattention in insuring the journalist’s security.
A report which released by the Afghan Human Rights Independent Commission at the end of 2020 shows that in the last six months, including more than 100 of Afghan journalists, about 945 Afghan citizens have been killed and injured in the targeted assassinations.
These attacks come as the Afghan government is negotiating peace with the Taliban.
The Afghan government blamed the Taliban for the attacks and accuse them in targeted-killings.
Human rights activists in Afghanistan believe that negligence and widespread corruption in the security sector are the factors which government is not able to prevent targeted- assassinations. They are stressing that if the government continues to engage in corruption and engage in political controversy, it will be not so long that we witness the suffocation of freedom of expression as the dark regime of the Taliban once again in Afghanistan.
Belgian Independent Global Human Rights Organization is concerned about the lives of civilians, especially journalists, and calls on the Afghan government and the international community to stop these attacks and to pay serious attention to the security of journalists, human rights activists and civil society activists.

Reporter: Mohammad Elham NAWID YASINI

The Afghan government is unable to secure the lives of elites:

The last journalist kill by gunman in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Targeted and mysterious assassinations of journalists, human rights activists and political activists in Afghanistan are strongly condemned and called on by the United Nations, the UN Security Council and human rights defenders. To put pressure on the Afghan government to secure the lives of civil rights defenders, and to call on the Taliban, which supports terrorism, to renounce terror and violence and to call a ceasefire instead of terror and violence.

More than 11 human rights activists and seven journalists have been assassinated in the past three months.

Nasim Kardan

Targeted assassinations in Afghanistan

Recent statistics show that 31% of the total civilian casualties in the first six months of this year in the country constitute targeted assassinations. The death toll rose to 945 civilians (women, children, journalists, human rights activists, government civil servants and other Afghan citizens) as a result of the mass killings, who had no involvement in the war.

We condemn any attack on civilians as inhumane and in violation of international law, and urge the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to immediately investigate the targeted assassinations in Afghanistan.

Report by Nasim Kardan.