Human rights situation in Afghanistan disquieting

Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:00 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 78 times

In its 27th edition of World Report, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has described the situation of human rights in Afghanistan as worrisome. The report further states that the National Unity Government (NUG) has not made any achievements in human rights during its term, blasting government leaders for internal rifts and being busy with power-sharing in lieu of defending the rights of people. The HRW has also warned that if Afghan government doesn’t take urgent actions to protect the rights of ordinary Afghans, the human rights gains of the last decade and a half may peter out.  

 

The gradual deterioration of situation in Afghanistan as of the inception of the National Unity Government has strongly disappointed Afghan people because each passing day adds to their life’s woes other than to allow them to witness an improvement and positive change. One of the major issues is insecurity. Until a few years back, insecurity was limited to only rural areas and provinces, while none of Afghan cities, including capital Kabul, is safe now. 

In addition to insurgents, the government-supported armed groups have also embittered people. The HRW report also notes that militia forces or the so-called “uprisers” loyal to powerful political figures have killed and excruciated Afghan civilians.

Because of weakness of the National Unity Government, not only progress has been elusive, but achievements made over the past 15 years in different spheres have also been at risk. Human rights situation has exacerbated, the public’s trust in democratic processes such as election has substantially shrunk, rule of law has weekend, and the government is increasingly losing ground to the rebels. 

Government leaders need to realize criticality of the status quo and seek rational approaches to resolve the problems. The continuity of current situation not only can deprive ordinary Afghans from a better life, but also turn the rule of both the president and the chief executive officer upside down. Accordingly, they need to at least prevent the situation from aggravating if they are unable to bring about positive change in people’s lives.