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Peace accord must protect human rights: AI

29 Feb 2020 - 05:25
29 Feb 2020 - 05:25

KABUL must not ignore the voice of victims and human right must be at its heart, a global rights watchdog said on Saturday.

About the deal between the US and the Taliban, Amnesty International’s deputy director for South Asia: “No one desires peace more than the people of Afghanistan.”

Omar Waraich acknowledged the Afghans had suffered so much over the past four decades of conflict. Any peace agreement must not disregard the victims’ calls for justice, truth and reparation for war crimes.

The agreement must also guarantee the rights of women and girls, as well as the rights of religious minorities in Afghanistan, he added.

“Despite many serious and ongoing challenges, Afghanistan has made significant human rights achievements on different fronts that must be protected,” Wariach continued.

He went on to call for protecting the right of civilians, women, teachers, children, journalists and human rights defenders.

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