KABUL to immediately cease attacks on political rallies and other election-related activities.
On Tuesday, a Taliban suicide attack on a campaign rally in Charikar killed at least 26 civilians and injured more than 42.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly assault, wrongly calling the campaign rally a military target.
Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said. “The Taliban’s claim of responsibility is essentially an admission of culpability for a war crime.”
In a statement, Gossman called Taliban attacks on political rallies and other election events part of an apparent campaign to sow fear, undermine the electoral process and deny Afghans the right to participate in political life,
The Taliban announced on August 6 that they would disrupt the elections by targeting rallies and other gatherings. The United Nations condemned the announcement.
“Targeting election rallies not only shows the Taliban’s disregard for civilian life, but their contempt for democratic processes,” Gossman remarked.