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NATO Afghanistan summit: Crucial moment for human rights

Human rights ‘hang in the balance’

Commenting on the NATO summit on Afghanistan set to begin in Strasbourg today, Amnesty International Asia Pacific Programme Director Sam Zarifi, said:

“This really is a crucial moment for the future of Afghanistan, with human rights currently hanging in the balance.

“The sad truth is that ordinary Afghans have virtually no faith in their country’s ramshackle legal system, one that continually lets them down and denies them any semblance of justice.

“President Karzai needs to start standing up for human rights. What we absolutely don’t want to see is the president signing away human rights in horse-trading with political groups within Afghanistan. For example, the reported new law on Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights’s rights could be about to seriously undermine Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights’s rights for millions of Afghanistan Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights.

“Meanwhile, one absolutely clear thing is that NATO must get its own house in order in Afghanistan - meaning that its forces must be fully accountable for their actions.

“We need to see all 40-plus NATO country forces operating in Afghanistan under common rules of engagement that ensure full compliance with international humanitarian law. US forces should also operate within the same rules of engagement - there must be no impunity for international forces in Afghanistan."

A short media briefing on human rights and Afghanistan is available on request.

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