Afghanistan : iaIGO Condemns the Killing of Civilians in a Roadside Explosion

Afghanistan : iaIGO Condemns the Killing of Civilians in a Roadside Explosion 23 June 2015

The International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) for Human Rights strongly condemns in its strongest terms the killing of 19 civilians mostly members of a family in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

 A minibus full of afghan families mostly women and children hit a roadside bomb in the Marja district of Helmand province. The explosion killed 19 people including 11 women and three children and wounded several others. These families were returning to their homes after fleeing renewed fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces. No one has claimed responsibility of the deadly incident but it is believed the Taliban have regularly planted roadside bombs targeting Afghan national forces. But it is rather unfortunate it instead took the lives of innocent civilians fleeing the fighting.

The Taliban has in recent months intensified their attacks indiscriminately using Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) against Afghan government forces.  These indiscriminate attacks have a heavy toll on civilians as more than 1,000 people have been killed during the last four months. Several government lead peace talks with the Taliban as their advanced offensive is resulting in several civilian casualties.

iaIGO reiterates that the protection of unarmed civilians who do not take part in any hostility should br the priority of all parties in a conflict as emphasized by international human rights laws and legal instruments. Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture.”The indiscriminate use of weapons that endangers the lives of civilians fleeing violence is prohibited under international humanitarian law and may also constitute a war crime under the Rome Statue.  Article 1(a) of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War strongly prohibits all parties in an armed conflict to inflict any form of “Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture.”

Hence, iaIGO is calling on all parties involved in the fighting in Afghanistan to respect their obligation and conform to the instructions stated under these international treaties. They should refrain from carrying out indiscriminate attacks against civilian population especially on women and children. iaIGO urges all those involved in the conflict to resume peace talks so as to get a permanent solution to the country’s political crisis.