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Afghan security forces yet again demonstrate a chilling disregard for human life

Opening fire on a tent full of demonstrators, the Afghan security forces have demonstrated a chilling disregard for human life. The protestors, who were fired upon on the night of 19 June 2017, had been peacefully protesting against the deterioration of security in the country and the relentless loss of civilian lives since the worst attack on civilians in 15 years struck the capital Kabul on 31 May, killing at least 150 people and wounding hundreds.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 11/6557/2017
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They fled Afghanistan fearing for their lives but Europe forced them back

The moment you step outside the airport in Kabul, the first thing that strikes you are the roses. They are everywhere — lining the dusty motorway into town, clustering in flowerbeds in traffic circles, blooming in private gardens. The second thing you see is fear. Foreigners hide behind their sandbagged walls, barbed wire, armed guards and bulletproof vehicles. But many locals are terrified too, including those who fled the country but were recently returned against their will.

Date:
4 June 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Armed Conflict

Afghanistan: Security forces open fire on protesters voicing anger over Kabul blast

Responding to the Afghan security forces opening fire today on crowds protesting insecurity in the wake of the 31 May bombing in Kabul, Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, said: “The security forces’ use of excessive and fatal force on protesters voicing anger over one of Afghanistan’s deadliest attacks ever illustrates the authorities’ contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

Date:
2 June 2017
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Afghanistan: Kabul bombing is horrific act of deliberate violence

Responding to today’s bombing in Kabul that has claimed the lives of 80 people and injured at least 350, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher Horia Mosadiq said: “The bombing in Kabul is a horrific act of violence and a heartbreaking reminder of the toll that Afghan civilians continue to pay in a conflict where armed groups deliberately target them and the government fails to protect them.

Date:
31 May 2017
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  • Refugees

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties show how unsafe it is for refugees to be returned

Attacks on civilians in the first three months of this year and the inability of the Afghan government to ensure their adequate protection show that Afghanistan remains an unsafe country for refugees to be returned to, Amnesty International said today. “At a time when civilian casualties remain high, with women and children suffering the worst of the violence, it is reckless of governments to claim that Afghanistan is safe for refugees to return,” said Horia Mosadiq, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher.

Date:
27 April 2017
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It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017
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Human rights violations endemic in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia's countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Killings and Disappearances

Afghanistan: Attack on ICRC is a horrific crime

The killing of six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Afghanistan is a horrific crime, Amnesty International said today. “By targeting the ICRC, who devote their lives to helping people in desperate need, the perpetrators have demonstrated a horrific contempt for human life,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. The killings in the northern Jowzjan province come a day after a suicide bomber killed more than 20 people at the entrance of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul.

Date:
8 February 2017
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Afghanistan: Taliban show contempt for civilian life

Reacting to Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Kabul that led to several civilian deaths, Amnesty International said: “Today’s Kabul bomb attacks indicate that the Taliban are pressing ahead with a gruesome campaign of violence that makes no effort to spare civilian lives. Targeting first responders in a car bomb that killed many people that were on the street shows a chilling contempt for human life. An immediate, impartial and independent investigation must be carried out to secure justice for the victims and their families,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

Date:
10 January 2017
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Afghanistan: Attack on Shi'a mosque is a horrific crime

Reacting to the bombing of the Baqir-ul Ulom mosque in western Kabul, which killed at least 28 people and wounded 45 others, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: "The attack on a Shi'a mosque in Kabul is a horrific and deliberate attack on civilians. The Afghan authorities must investigate this crime immediately and bring the perpetrators to justice. They have a duty to take effective measures to protect Shi'a Muslims from attacks and end impunity for previous abuses against the Shi'a community.

Date:
21 November 2016
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Pakistan: Deportation of iconic 'Afghan girl' is a grave injustice

Reacting to Pakistan's decision to deport Sharbat Gula, the iconic 'Afghan girl' whose striking portrait adorned a 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: "Pakistan’s decision to deport Sharbat Gula is a grave injustice. For decades, she was known as the world’s most famous refugee and seen as a symbol of Pakistan’s status as a generous host.

Date:
4 November 2016
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  • Killings and Disappearances

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.

Date:
26 October 2016
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Afghanistan: Civilians describe severe shortages of food and medicine in embattled Kunduz

The Afghan government and Taliban forces should urgently facilitate swift and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief into Kunduz, where thousands of civilians are trapped in increasingly dire conditions, Amnesty International said today. The organization has interviewed medical workers and civilians stuck in Kunduz amid fighting after the Taliban launched an assault on 3 October. Kunduz residents have described grim scenes as food and water supplies have been exhausted and electricity was cut.

Date:
6 October 2016
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Afghanistan: Attack on aid agency is a war crime

“The attack by an armed group on the aid agency CARE International in Kabul is the deliberate targeting of civilians and constitutes a war crime. The cardinal rule of international humanitarian law is that parties to an armed conflict must never deliberately attack civilians,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. “This is sadly the latest in a series of horrific attacks in the Afghan capital, leading to unlawful killing of civilians.

Date:
6 September 2016
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Human Rights Should Be at the Top of NATO’s Summit Agenda in Warsaw

Human Rights Should Be at the Top of NATO’s Summit Agenda in Warsaw NATO leaders meet for their summit in Warsaw Friday buffeted by crises and conflicts on all sides. Many of them could have been averted. From the global refugee crisis to conflicts across the world, much of today’s global instability stems from world leaders’ failure to adequately respond to human rights violations, especially if other political or economic interests are at stake.

Date:
8 July 2016
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Turkey: Refugees and asylum-seekers left to fend for themselves

Where do you go when you’ve lost everything and there’s nowhere left to turn? “I have four children, so I couldn’t save them all from drowning. One day later, I identified the dead bodies. ” Turkey is hosting 3 million asylum-seekers and refugees, the majority coming from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. This represents an enormous share of the refugees fleeing war and persecution across the Middle East, while other countries are doing very little or trying to keep refugees out of their borders.

Date:
3 June 2016