Amnesty`s call to prosecute Taliban for war crimes

Afghan authorities must work to investigate Taliban for war crimes, says Amnesty International.

London: Afghan authorities must work
with the International Criminal Court to investigate those
responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in
Afghanistan, says Amnesty International.

Its call to prosecute Taliban attacks as war crimes
comes after a series of serious attacks by insurgents
deliberately targeted civilians, including a car bomb attack
on a hospital in Afghanistan`s eastern Logar province on 25
June, which killed at least 27 people.

The UN reported that May was the deadliest month for
civilians in Afghanistan since 2007, with 82 per cent of
civilian casualties attributed to anti-government groups.

The London-based human rights group said there has
been a surge of attacks amounting to violations of
international humanitarian law on the part of the Taliban and
other insurgent groups.

"They are becoming far bolder in their deliberate
killing of civilians, which is a war crime, plain and simple,"
said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International`s Asia-Pacific
director.

"These attacks underline the urgent need for the
Afghan government to cooperate fully with the International
Criminal Court to investigate allegations of war crimes by all
sides to the conflict in Afghanistan." Zarifi said.

Amnesty said Afghanistan is already a party to the
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the ICC
prosecutor is currently conducting a preliminary examination
in Afghanistan and has requested information from the
Government of Afghanistan but not yet received an
answer.

PTI

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