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Time to tell Hekmatyar’s impact on peace: Samar

Time to tell Hekmatyar’s impact on peace: Samar

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Apr 30, 2017 - 20:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chairperson Dr. Seema Samar on Sunday ‘time will prove the impact of Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s return on the peace process.  

Addressing a conference titled ‘national conference on police and human rights’ in Kabul, Samar hoped the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan (HIA) leader would not return to his violent past.

She said the human rights body had opposed the culture of impunity and no one could forgive war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Samar hoped Hekmatyar would not repeat his past acts. The AIHRC chairperson said preserving achievements of the past 15 years was important.

“Hekmatyar cannot take away the achievements of past years from the people of Afghanistan,” she remarked, believing Hekmatyar’s arrival in Kabul might create tension.

About likely release of some HIA prisoners, she said the government should investigate all cases of the prisoners and people whose crimes were minor should be released. “We are monitoring the process and government should consider personal crimes, release the people who are not accused of crimes against humanity.”

Samar talked about the importance of respect to human rights by security forces, especially police and said the first thing was assurance of justice and if police did not perform their duty correctly then the attorney offices and courts could not reach facts.

Samar said due to the lack of coordination between AIHRC and the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the capacity of female police remained low. She said and good governance was key to rule of law.

First lady Rula Ghani in a message to the conference said the need for capacity building of police, particularly in cases of ensuring human rights was being taken seriously in order the police served people with clear mind.

Col. Hikmat Shahi Rasooli, head of the gender affairs at the MoI, said 500 female police were recuirted last year, taking their number to 3,160.

 He added coordination between AIHRC and MoI could help increase the capacity of policewomen in dealing with cases related to human rights.

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