Human Rights Day 2015 Press CoverageDec 10, 2015
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TOLONews: UNDP Speaks Out Over Human Rights Violations
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:20 Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:55 Written by Shakeela Ibrahimkhil
The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) country director for Afghanistan Douglas Keh on Wednesday raised concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan.
At an event marking International Human Rights Day at Kabul University, Keh said that insecurity and the lack of rule of law are the main reasons for human rights violations in the country and that Afghan citizens fall victim to this atrocity every day.
"There are very few countries that are engaged in such a widespread and intense conflict today and therefore clearly innocent civilians, innocent people throughout the country, are being put in situations where they are not being allowed to enjoy their full rights," said Keh.
Speaking at the same event, Afghan Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar said that the lack of rule of law is a major factor in the continuation of human rights violations and he urged all legal and judicial institutions to prosecute human rights violators according to the law.
"As you know one of the reasons is armed oppositions are violating human rights and we cannot deny that in most of the provinces and the districts human rights have been violated," said Anwar.
Meanwhile the Human Rights Commission said that at the moment more than 300 detainees in Bagram prison have completed their sentences but are still incarcerated.
"Even in Kabul a prisoner who was sentenced to 20 years in jail has been there for 24 years," said Shamsul Haq Ahmadzai HRC's regional head.
The commission said that insecurity is a big challenge for people and said if government institutions do not ensure human rights, violations will increase in the country.
"In a country where there is no rule of law in most government institutions, there will be violations of human rights and people rights will be violated. Human rights violations will also then increase," Ahmadzai said.
The universal declaration of human rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.
According to Afghanistan's constitution however, the implementation of the declaration is mandatory but human rights violations continue and are meted out by insurgents and by some government institutions, say critics.