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Amnesty International urges priority investigation of Crimes in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

International Amnesty Organization has urged the International Criminal Court to prioritize investigating the crimes committed by various groups in Afghanistan before the rise of the Taliban.

In a statement released on Wednesday that this organization has emphasized that the International Criminal Court should provide transparent updates on the progress of its investigations in Afghanistan.

Amnesty International issued this statement during the annual assembly of member countries of the International Criminal Court. The assembly commenced on December 4th and will continue until December 14th in New York.

Smriti Singh, the regional director of Amnesty International in South Asia, also spoke during the annual assembly of member countries of the International Criminal Court in New York on Wednesday stating that “Amnesty International calls for significant progress in the investigations by the International Criminal Court regarding Afghanistan, which have been delayed for years.”

According to her, “The culture of impunity for crimes committed in Afghanistan under international law has been prevalent for almost half a century. Now that the International Criminal Court’s decision to resume investigations last year has provided real hope for thousands of victims of these crimes to access justice, truth, and accountability, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court must remain steadfast in fulfilling its commitments.”

In its published statement, Amnesty International has urged the countries that are signatories to the Rome Statute to provide the necessary resources for effective investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity. These crimes include those committed by the Afghan government or other forces before the rise of the Taliban administration during the war against women and girls, Hazaras, and religious minority communities.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with the annual assembly of member countries of the International Criminal Court in New York, discussions about addressing gender-based apartheid and the need to recognize it as a crime within the Rome Statute have increased in regional and international meetings.

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