The director of human rights of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Danielle Bell has said that the terrorist groups, particularly the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) groups have deliberately targeted civilians in their latest attacks in Afghanistan.
“The United Nations, in particular the Human Rights Service of the United Nations in Afghanistan is deeply concerned about the recent attacks as well as previous attacks. Our concern is that the recent three attacks have been deliberately targeting civilians,” said Danielle Bell.
Ms. Bell noted that over 8 thousand civilian casualties have been documented in the first nine months of the year 2017.
“In early October UNAMA released its third quarterly report and documented over 8 thousand civilian casualties in the first nine months of the year 2017. The mission is in the process of verifying the December figures and next month we will be releasing our final report and figures for the year 2017,” she said.
The Human Rights Office of UNAMA has also urged the involved parties in conflict to prioritize the protection of civilians.
“All the parties to the conflict must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians; Anti-government elements and in particular the Taliban and IS who have claimed responsibility for these attacks,” Bell added.
Previously, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has declared that indiscriminate attacks against civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified.
Guterres extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. He also expressed solidarity with the Government and people of Afghanistan.
Edited by: M. Zack
Reported by: Fawad Naseri