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Govt hails Pajhwok, Lawyers Association joint survey

Govt hails Pajhwok, Lawyers Association joint survey

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Jan 09, 2018 - 19:53

KABUL (Pajhwok): Second vice-president Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Tuesday appreciated a joint investigative report by Pajhwok Afghan News and Lawyers Association about constitutional violations.

Addressing a ceremony marking the 14th anniversary of the country’s constitution here, Danish said such investigative reports were needed because they represented people’s sensitivity with law violations.

He said constitutional violations had been widely investigated in past years, but the recent investigative report by Pajhwok and Lawyers Association was a good report in 14 years.

“I personally appreciate these investigations, it is a need and it shows people’s sensitivity with law violations,” he said.

According to the report, 94 articles of the constitution have been violated, with four of 10 people having little information about the basic law and more than half complaining they have no access to justice.

The findings of the two organizations show that of every 10 individuals three enjoy their legal rights, and that the law has brought positive changes to the lives of six out of every 10 Afghans.

Many called the freedom of expression the best right they have been granted by the constitution.

The absence of judicial institutions in half of the districts has restricted law enforcement in some areas, according to the report.

The constitution has 162 articles and approved 14 years ago.

Sarwar Danish stressed the need for changes to the Constitution and said violation of law meant people or institutions ignored the Constitution in order to secure their own interests or acted against the Constitution.

“Although some statements about violations of the Constitution are exaggerated but cases exist in which some rules of the Constitution are breached,” he said.

Danish stressed amendments in the Constitution and said: “We had 10 constitutions in the past, but the current one is the best in the country’s history.”

“There is no opposition to the amendment of the constitution as the constitution itself accepts it”, he said. “But claims about distortions in the constitution are baseless and those making such claims are unaware of the law or these claims have political motives”, he said.

While speaking about the national unity government agreement, Danish said some people believed the agreement was above the Constitution but others believed there was no need to refer to the constitution when the agreement was in place.

But he said violations of the constitution, non-implementation of parts of the constitution and the agreement of the national unity government, none should damage the credibility of the constitution or be considered as invalidation of the constitution.

On the other hand, Qasim Hashamizai, head of Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC), expressed concern over violations of the constitution by government officials and institutes.

 “We face security problems, some laws may be violated in such a situation,” he said, adding law was violated in the country’s detention centers as well. “The law is violated by those who are unaware about it,” he said without giving more details.

Hashamizai said problems in the Constitution had been highlighted by ICOIC and shared with the Presidential Palace for their solution.

Attorney General Farid Hamidi said no government official was above the law and all authorities were responsible to the Constitution.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head, Sima Samar said lack of people’s awareness about the supree law was the reason behind its violations.

She called for public awareness programs about the Constitution as enforcement of the law was important for management of the country and senior officials should observe it first.

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