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TJCG’s welcomes ICC decision to investigate Afghanistan war crimes

TJCG’s welcomes ICC decision to investigate Afghanistan war crimes

Nov 26, 2017 - 14:16

The primary office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed to give a three-month period for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity to register their complaints following a request from the court’s prosecutor.

People who suffered from war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan can submit their complaints in Dari, Pashto or English languages until January 31, 2018.

The ICC will respond to war crimes and crimes against humanity cases committed after May 1, 2003 in Afghanistan. The ICC has a supplementary authority and can intervene in a country that leads by a government which fails to address such cases.

The court’s attorney office on November 3 said that it obtained information the government of Afghanistan had no ability and will for addressing such major crimes.

According to the ICC law, the court is responsible to intervene in Afghanistan for following the cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity considering to the current situation of the country.

It is the first time an international court responds to war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

The Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) welcomed the ICC’s decision and called it an act of mercy in maintaining stable justice and peace in Afghanistan.

The announcement of ICC for investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity raised hopes among the victims, human rights supporters and the Afghan people in ensuring justice.

 TJCG believes the justice should be based on the victims’ demands. The group has some requests.

From ICC:

  1. The victims should be given enough time to register their complaints.
  2. The victims should be provided with information as early as possible so they would have enough time to register their complaints.
  3. The ICC should open its branch in Afghanistan for direct contact with the victims.

From the Afghan government:

  1. The government should remain committed to the Rome Statute and pave the ground for ICC to investigate in Afghanistan.
  2. The government should support the victims, witnesses and ICC workers and supporters.

From International Community and the United Nations:

  1. They should cooperate with the ICC and announce an official support from the court’s Afghanistan investigation.
  2. Besides the government of Afghanistan, the international organization should also cooperate for support and protection of witnesses, victims, ICC workers and its supporters.

From Afghans, civil society, media & Ulema:

  1. They should inform the victims and guide them how to register their complaints with the ICC.
  2. Media should prepare specific programs for victims and the ICC to simplify the process and play their role in stable justice and peace.
  3. Political parties, academics, culturists, Ulema and influential figures who always preferred Islamic teachings and human rights values should support this important process.
  4. Civil society, human rights institutes and victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity should take part in this process and discharge their humanitarian and Islamic responsibilities.