By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The United Nations in Afghanistan in a statement on Wednesday said it is “increasingly concerned” with the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations alleged in communities most affected by the ongoing military offensive across the country.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said: “The reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity,” it said, adding that “those who carry out any such acts must be held accountable.”
The statement specifically mentioned the reported harm to women and girls: “UN reiterates that parties are obliged to respect the human rights and dignity of all Afghans, especially those of women and girls who have in the past been subjected to particularly acute forms of discrimination.”
Joining other international and Afghan voices, the UN again called for peace: “The best way to end harm to civilians is for peace talks to be re-invigorated in order for a negotiated settlement to be reached.”
The statement also referenced the protection of infrastructure, as Taliban fighters have been destroying government buildings in their attacks on district centers in the country. “Those genuinely interested in the future of Afghanistan and its people should prioritize negotiating a peace and committing to measures, including safeguarding the country’s infrastructure, that will show a real concern for the welfare of all Afghans,” according to the statement.
“All parties are urged to announce an Eid ceasefire that can give Afghans a respite from the conflict and that may contribute to sustained and meaningful peace negotiations,” it added. This comes as media reports show Taliban have been involved in killing people, destroying infrastructures, banning media, burning schools and torturing women in their held areas.