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SCA Afghan employee suspended over Twitter post

26 Mar 2021 - 16:47
26 Mar 2021 - 16:47

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) on Friday said it had suspended an Afghan employee named Khkula Zadran over a Twitter post.

In a statement, the Swedish Committee said Zadran posted on her Twitter account on Saturday that Alipur, an illegal militia commander, and his supporters should be killed.

“Alipour and his men should be killed immediately. They are terrorists, rebels and insurgents, who are funded by foreign intelligence.”   the statement quoted Zadran as saying.

Zadran made the post after a government helicopter was shot down by gunmen loyal to Alipur in ​​Behsud district of central Maidan Wardak province, killing nine soldiers, including four pilots.

The call for Alipour and his men to be killed does not represent SCA. Neither do we support the violent acts by Alipour and his forces.  the statement said.

Zadran wrote her personal opinion on her personal Twitter page and her words do not represent the Swedish Committee, the statement said.

She has the right to express her personal views and SCA holds the highest respect for freedom of expression. However, her call for Alipour and his men “to be killed immediately” contradicts our core value of impartiality  and principles of human rights. the statement said.
For this reason, Shkula Zadran has been suspended from her duties awaiting the outcome of an internal investigation.
Anyone suspected of committing acts of violence has the right to a fair trial. 

Zadran wrote on her Twitter account that she had been suspended by the Swedish Committee.

She added that she had posted her personal opinion on Twitter and that everyone had the right to express their mind, but that opinion did not represent the organization.

The Swedish Committee’s decision has provoked strong reactions from the public.

Abdullah Zurmati wrote on his Facebook page, “As an individual, it is the right of Zadran to express her views against oppression, tyranny and injustice.”

Another user, Nazir Sahar, wrote that suspending Zadran’s job was an unjust decision. Employees should not be deprived of their right to individual liberty.

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