AIHRC expresses concerns over release of senior HN members
Issuing a statement today,
November 14, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commissions (AIHRC) has
expressed concern over release of notorious commanders of Haqqani Network (HN).
By releasing notorious HN commanders, the government turns a blind eye on the
demands of victims’ families who have lost their dear members.
“[The commission] is concerned
that recent prisoner swap would lead to continuous negligence of the demands of
the victims for ensuring justice and accountability and promotes the culture of
impunity,” part of the statement read.
The AIHRC noted that release of
notorious prisoners would endanger achieving a sustainable peace in
The statement also underlined
that participation of the war victims must be essential in every stage of the
peace talks, adding that the warring parties and international community, by
turning a blind eye on the human rights of the victims, will damage the credibility
of peace process.
On the other hand, secretariat
of Afghanistan Civil Society Joint Working Group (ACSJWG) have denounced the
release of the three senior Haqqani members – Anas Haqqani, Hafiz Abdul Rashid,
and Haji Mali Khan.
The ACSJWG also urged the
Afghan government to provide clarifications on the decision and make a public
In a televised message,
President Ghani confirmed yesterday, November 13, that three high profile
members of the Taliban and Haqqani network would be freed in exchange for the
release of American and Australian captives, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks.
King, 60, and Weeks, 48, were
working as teachers at the American University of Afghanistan and were abducted
by the Taliban from an area close to the university compound, in Kabul, in
The statement by Mr. Ghani came
while earlier last month his spokesperson announced that ‘Anas Haqqani was
redline’ for the Afghan government and he would not be released under any
A commander in field, Anas
Haqqani, the son of Jamaluddin Haqqani, was arrested in 2016. A court in Kabul
sentenced him to death on charges of atrocities committed by Haqqani Network, a
militant network led by his family members.