AIHRC’s slavish quietude over human rights violations

Monday, 07 November 2016 04:23 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 350 times

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) is independent in name only. The commission’s activities are neither independent nor “Afghanized”, and it has not done anything since its establishment to count as an achievement acceptable to all Afghans.  Ethnic-based treatment, corruption, and appointments based on favoritism are as clear as the sun in the summer sky in the commission. Also, it is now crystal clear to all people, from Afghans to foreigners that the commission has not brought any positive change in the lives of Afghans, never really defended human rights.

 

AIHRC raises its voice only when interests of a particular ethnic group or foreigners are jeopardized, and even Afghans come to know that a human rights commission exists when peace talks with insurgents get heated up, or when interests of that certain ethnicity are threatened. In instances other than these, even if all Afghans are killed, their homes bombed, or they are deprived of human rights, the commission behaves as if nothing has ever happened, or these incidents are not human rights violations. 

AIHRC, as a human rights organization, has never spoken out against war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan over the last decade and a half, and has adopted a subservient silence about all incidents of civilian casualties caused by foreigners especially Americans, including the recent tragic deaths of over 30 civilians, mostly women and children, in a US airstrike in Kunduz. 

Afghans have had a lot of yet-to-be-addressed questions about the performance and activities of the AIHRC since its inception. While the commission calls the establishment of the so-called women’s shelters as its achievement, the reality is that they have often been under criticism for their operations, and are indeed houses of evil. The women and girls kept in these shelters are used as slaves by the AIHRC officials and are often subjected to hard labor, including the washing of carpets of their mansions. Furthermore, there are also a lot of reports of immoral conduct and women being used for sexual purposes in these centers as confirmed by some women who have lived in these places. 

Despite so many failures and scandals, no government institution has had the nerve to question Seema Samar, the head of AIHRC, because she enjoys the patronage of foreigners, the incumbent president and his wife, and former president. It is now years that reports about various types of graft in the commission surface, but no one dares to assign a probe panel, let alone to conduct investigations. 

Leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG), and their allies have to realize that Afghans no longer can tolerate the current anti-Afghan human rights commission, and try to bring substantial reforms in the commission to make it a real Afghan human rights organization that defends the rights of all the people of Afghanistan.