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64,000 civilians killed, wounded in 9 years: Study

6 Jun 2018 - 12:41
6 Jun 2018 - 12:41

KABUL, with the government lacking strategy for their protection, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Wednesday.

The rights body released result of the fifth national research themed Support to the Victims of War and Terrorism after conducting 3,129 interviews with war victims in 30 provinces.

According to the research, in the past nine years between 2009 and 2017 over 23,000 people have been killed and 41,000 others injured as a result of armed clashes and terrorist attacks.

The research blamed 69.8 percent civilian casualties on militants, 10.7 percent on government forces and its international partners and 19.5 percent on unknown armed groups.

Talking about the survey, AIHRC head Sima Samar said the government remained unsuccessful in ensuring safety and security of its citizens while fighting and violence had been on the increase.

She said the growing number of civilian casualties was a challenge and catastrophe on national level. No support to the war victims in judicial procedures, non-payment of compensation to war victims remained huge challenges on the part of the government.

The AIHRC head said the government had so far taken no tangible steps for legislation to ensure provision of financial support and compensation to the war victims. Some families and relatives of war victims had been provided 50,000 to 100,000 afghanis through a simple process.

During the research, over half of those interviewed said they referred to different state institutions to get support while the remaining half said they did not refer to government and other institutions for aid.

The source said government negligence in this regard had widened the gap between government and people, which would harm government eligibility and legality in future.

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