UN denounces “serious human rights abuses” in Afghanistan
Update: Jul 14, 2021 4:03 PM STI
Kabul [Afghanistan], July 14 (ANI): The United Nations has expressed concern over the number of “serious human rights violations” and alleged violations in communities most affected by the ongoing military offensive across the country.
In a statement on Wednesday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said reports of killings, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and worrying, creating fear and insecurity. . “Those who commit such acts must be held accountable. “
The statement comes amid an upsurge in violence in Afghanistan as the Taliban has stepped up its offensive against Afghan civilians and security forces with the withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country within weeks.
The United Nations reaffirmed that parties are obligated to respect the human rights and dignity of all Afghans, especially those of women and girls who have been subjected in the past to particularly acute forms of discrimination.
The UN agency added that the best way to end the damage to civilians is to relaunch peace talks in order to reach a negotiated settlement.
“Those who genuinely care about the future of Afghanistan and its people must prioritize negotiating a peace and committing to measures, including safeguarding the country’s infrastructure, that will show a real concern for the well-being of all Afghans, ”the statement said.
All parties are called upon to announce an Eid ceasefire that can give Afghans a respite from the conflict and that can contribute to lasting and meaningful peace negotiations, he added. (ANI)