Afghanistan: Killings of civilians in Ghor province is a horrendous crime

Responding to the news that nearly 30 civilians, including children, in the Firoz Koh district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, were abducted and killed by an armed group suspected of links to the so-called Islamic State, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said:

“The abduction and killing of nearly 30 civilians, including children, is a horrendous crime. There can be no justification whatsoever for targeting and killing civilians under any circumstances.

There can be no justification whatsoever for targeting and killing civilians under any circumstances
Champa Patel, Amnesty International's South Asia Director

“The victims and their families deserve justice. The Afghan authorities must carry out an independent, impartial, and effective investigation into these killings. And the perpetrators must be brought to justice in fair trials, without recourse to the death penalty.”

Key facts

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For the first time since the Second World War, more than 50 million people are forcibly displaced. Most because of armed conflict. (UNHCR, 2014)

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