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ISIS blamed for most civilian casualties in Afghanistan

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KABUL: The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan in a report on human rights situation in Afghanistan said that it had recorded over 2,106 civilian casualties including 700 killed and 1406 wounded since August 2021.

According to the report, Khorasan branch of the ISIS terrorist group committed most of the civilian casualties in targeted attacks against ethnic and religious minorities. The report sums up findings of the UN mission with regard to the protection of civilians, extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions.

The UN secretary-general’s acting special representative for Afghanistan said: “It is beyond time for all Afghans to be able to live in peace and rebuild their lives after 20 years of armed conflict. “Our monitoring reveals that despite the improved security situation since 15 August, the people of Afghanistan, in particular women and girls, are deprived of the full enjoyment of their human rights,” added Markus Potzel.

“The decision not to allow girls to return to secondary school means that a generation of girls will not complete their full 12 years of basic education.”

The mission acknowledged the Taliban administration had taken some steps for the protection and promotion of human rights.

In this regard, the report cited the amnesty for former government officials and security force members, the December 3 decree on women’s rights and a code of conduct relating to prisoners.

The UN diplomat stressed: “The education and participation of women and girls in public life is fundamental to any modern society. The relegation of women and girls to the home denies Afghanistan the benefit of the significant contributions they have to offer…”

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