By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: Afghanistan Human Rights Commission (HRC) asked the two sides negotiations to observe war victims rights in the peace talks.
Marking the war victim children of Afghanistan, the commission held a sapling plantation ceremony during which, a garden was inaugurated here in Kabul, reiterating that war victims rights shouldn’t be ignored in the coming peace process.
According to statistics over the past year, nearly 500 children have been killed and more than 2,000 others wounding, following the armed conflicts in the country.
War victim families also asked for ending war in the country as according to them hundreds of thousands of people including men, women and children were killed or wounded and they asked the two warring sides not continue war anymore and set around a negotiating table to may have no mothers lose their children.
Civil society activists and children rights advocates also express concern over the aftermath of war in the country and said unfortunately as a results of years of war, large number of people mostly children have been victimized by war or deprived their basic rights.
Safia Hamdard, a civil society activist said: “Children are the most vulnerable part of society and their human rights’ based rights should be focused in the peace process.”
She said peace would never be possible unless human rights, social justice ensured and the culture of immunity was ended. “Peace should be considered as the end of war and violence so that its sustainability was guaranteed.”
National peace, the activist believed would be the only way ensuring the human rights situation of the war victims, as peace doesn’t mean a temporal war or a short-term truce, but a situation in which all citizens could enjoy their rights with no discrimination based on the Human Rights values.
Rights experts also negate any peace deal in which human rights and the rights of war victims were ignored.
“We want to have a society free of torture, discrimination and violence and the human rights were not violated at all,” Amir Mohammad a rights expert said.
He said if the Taliban observe the entire peace talks provisions, then accessing a human rights and having a prosperous society will not far from reach.
He expressed concern over the peace pact signed between US and the Taliban representatives, with no women representatives.
The experts said: “Our demand from the government is that the values of the country’s constitution, including freedom of expression, women rights equality, the rights of war victims and children and the entire tribes of Afghanistan should be observed in the peace process.”
The assertions came as previously, the people of Afghanistan, particularly women activists asked for presence of women representatives in the peace talks with the Taliban.