Chairperson of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Sima Samar, on Tuesday said that Taliban cannot undermine the achievements of the past 18 years in Afghanistan on human rights and women’s rights.
She made the remarks amid renewed hopes for resumption of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
The rights protection body called on Afghan citizens to defend the values the country has made in its strides towards human rights and women’s rights.
Samar said that still human rights are violated by some people in the country, calling for women’s meaningful role in the peace process to make sure that human rights values are protected.
“I don’t think that they (Taliban) are able to pull the Afghan society 20 years back. We all must be aware and awaken so that they (Taliban) are not able to move us to the past,” said Samar.
Meanwhile, UN human rights office in Afghanistan has said that restoring lasting peace in Afghanistan requires all cases of violation of human rights to be addressed and the punishment of all the perpetrators who are involved in rights violations.
“Transition from peace to war will materialize and peace is sustainable only if human rights abuses are addressed through an effective and inclusive transitional justice approach with emphasis based on accountability of perpetrators and justice for victims in the light of established international practices,” said a UN official for human rights.
In addition, Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said the issue of peace and human rights are concerning in the view of current situations in the country.
“The people say that the Taliban emirates was a bitter experience to the entire people of Afghanistan and a repressive religious government coupled with killing, torture and imprisonment. Are the Taliban still thinking like that,” said Danish.
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the warring factions in Afghanistan to work for peace in the country
The officials made the remarks during a ceremony in Kabul, marking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Although Afghanistan is considered as one of the first-class victims of insurgency in the world, Afghanistan’s Attorney General Fareed Hamidi meanwhile said that still perpetrators of these events are exempted from the law.
“Our country has been the number one victim of proxy wars. We suffered tragically over the past 40 years and no one was tried,” said attorney general Fareed Hamidi.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
Afghanistan signed the international declaration of human rights in 1948, but now fears of a possible violation of the human rights declaration in the peace process with the Taliban create serious concerns.