Civil Organizations demand repeal of National reconciliation and General forgiveness law
Fri Jul 27, 2:51 pm
Seventeen Civil Organization including the Afghan Civil Society forum (ACSF); the All Women’s Network (AWN); the Independent Human Rights Commission (IHDC); and the Nahea organization have jointly published a statement calling for President Karzai to repeal the law known as the National Reconciliation and General Forgiveness Law.
They demand that President Karzai establish a mechanism with other civil organizations that will sustain justice in the country while also covering transition justice.
These organizations ask the government to implement laws that will bring justice on behalf of people affected by the incidents that have happened during the past three decades, and deal legally with the those perpetrators. This has the support of the Human Rights Commission.
Also these organizations want the United Nations to respond to the activities of the Taliban and other armed groups according to international law.
The National Reconciliation and General Forgiveness Law was approved by the Upper House and Lower House in 2006.
At that time President Karzai rejected it at first but then approved it the second time it came to him.
Many times the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan and civil organizations have international organizations to help in the effort to disband the National Reconciliation and General Forgiveness Law.
However experts believe that in the current situation it will be difficult to cancel the National Reconciliation and General Forgiveness Law and its implementation. Transition to any kind of reconciliation with the Taliban and other insurgents would be very difficult since they would see no opportunity to start fresh.
According to experts numbers of human right violators are in government higher ranks therefore the reversal of this law is not likely to be implemented by the Afghan judiciary.