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PAN, December 11, 2013

Kabul rally seeks war crimes justice

It said all criminals, who committed crimes against humanity over the past three decades, should be tried by a neutral international court

By Muhammad Hassan Khetab

Hundreds of people, including women, on Wednesday held a protest demonstration in Kabul to mark the “National Victims Day,” criticising NATO and US forces for their involvement in Afghan civilian deaths and calling for war criminals to be brought to justice.

Organised by the Social Association of Afghan Justice Seekers (SAAJS), the rally that started from Zanbaq intersection peacefully dispersed at Haji Yaqub Square, where about 300 people had gathered.

The demonstrators chanted slogans like “We want justice,” the criminals should be prosecuted,” “the mass killers should be identified,” “democracy without justice is meaningless,” “Afghans demand justice.”

They condemned American forces and called for an immediate end to civilians’ harassment at their hands.

SAAJS head Waida Ahmad told Pajhwok Afghan News the rally was aimed at marking the national victims day to commemorate the 30 years of civil unrest and the suffering of millions of victims.

He alleged a number of parliamentarians and presidential candidates had been involved in war crimes and mostly those currently in power had blood on their hands of innocent civilians.

“American forces have bombed the homes of Afghan and they have killed civilians during the 12 years old war in Afghanistan,” he said.

The demonstrators accused NATO countries of making false promises toward promoting human rights and democracy in Afghanistan.

They said the NATO had violated human rights in Afghanistan the way the Taliban did during their regime and the Soviet Forces during their invasion.

At the end, the protestors issued a statement that said they wanted an immediate sacking of government officials, who had been involved in war crimes during the Soviets occupation and the Taliban regime.

It said all criminals, who committed crimes against humanity over the past three decades, should be tried by a neutral international court.

The protestors, while holding photos of victims killed during the Russian invasion, said they took out the rally to mark the International Human Rights Day celebrated Dec 10.

They condemned the mass killings of innocent Afghans during the former Soviet Union attacks and purges under the Russia-backed communist regime in the 1970s.


To mark the Universal Human Rights Day, SAAJS staged a protest rally in Kabul to ask for prosecution of war-criminals
December 11, 2013: To mark the Universal Human Rights Day, the Social Association of Afghan Justice-Seekers (SAAJS) staged a protest rally in Kabul to ask for prosecution of war-criminals of the past over three decades of Afghanistan that most of them are still in power under the US-supported regime of Hamid Karzai. (Photo: SAAJS.com)
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To mark the Universal Human Rights Day, SAAJS staged a protest rally in Kabul to ask for prosecution of war-criminals
December 11, 2013: To mark the Universal Human Rights Day, the Social Association of Afghan Justice-Seekers (SAAJS) staged a protest rally in Kabul to ask for prosecution of war-criminals of the past over three decades of Afghanistan that most of them are still in power under the US-supported regime of Hamid Karzai. A considerable number of women attended the protest. (Photo: SAAJS.com)
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Following the rally, all participants went to the mass grave site in Afshar area in west of Kabul to pay tribute to hundreds of victims who were massacred in February 1993 during fundamentalists’ infighting
December 11, 2013: To mark the Universal Human Rights Day, the Social Association of Afghan Justice-Seekers (SAAJS) staged a protest rally in Kabul. Following the rally, all participants went to the mass grave site in Afshar area in west of Kabul to pay tribute to hundreds of victims who were massacred in February 1993 during fundamentalists’ infighting. It was a symbolic act to remember over 70,000 civilians killed between 1992-96 in Kabul and ask for prosecution its perpetrators, most of them still in power today.(Photo: SAAJS.com)
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A photo Exhibition organized by SAAJS in Dar-ul-Aman palace in Kabul
December 9, 2013: A photo Exhibition organized by the Social Association of the Afghan Justice Seeker (SAAJS) in Dar-ul-Aman palace in Kabul. Around 1000 photos of the war victims and atrocities of the past over 3 decades were put on display in the ruins of the palace. (Photo: BBC Pashto)
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SAAJS organized a memorial event in Polygon killing ground of Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, where tens of thousands of innocent Afghan were brutally massacred and buried in mass-graves by Russian puppet regime
December 12, 2013: To mark the “Victims Week” and Universal Human Rights Day, the Social Association of Afghan Justice-Seekers (SAAJS) organized a memorial event in Polygon killing ground of Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, where tens of thousands of innocent Afghan were brutally massacred and buried in mass-graves by Russian puppet regime in early 80s. Only few months ago a “death list” of 5000 Afghans killed in 1979 was published by Dutch police which refreshed the wounds of Afghans.The participants carrying photos of their martyrs or “disappeared” loved-ones vowed to continue their efforts to put the perpetrators of these crimes on trial. Most of those responsible for the brutalities of the past over three decades in Afghanistan are still in hold of power and enjoy full impunity under the US puppet regime of Hamid Karzai. (Photo: SAAJS.com)
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