23 June 2017

News Story: (Afghan) Rights Groups Slam Govt Over Crackdown Against Protesters

By Anisa Shaheed

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) on Wednesday slammed the Afghan government for the way it dealt with Uprising for Change movement protesters in Kabul, saying the crackdown against them was illegal and uncivilized.

The AIHRC said government used violence as a means to deal with protesters, and warned that such an approach will create serious challenges for President Ashraf Ghani.

“The way the protesters were calling for justice was not appropriate and government also committed mistakes against the protesters; several people were killed and wounded here,” said Lal Gul Lal, head of AHRDO.

At least two protesters were killed and five others wounded during a clash with security forces in downtown Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday morning when Afghan security forces tried to disperse the protesters and dismantle their tent in Shar-e-Now.  

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