The United Nations on Wednesday expressed concern over “serious human rights abuses and violations” amid stepped up offensive across Afghanistan.
UNAMA in a statement said that reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are “widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity,” adding perpetrators must be held accountable.
“The UN reiterates that parties are obliged to respect the human rights and dignity of all Afghans, especially those of women and girls who have in the past been subjected to particularly acute forms of discrimination,” the statement said.
It said that the best way to end harm to civilians is for peace talks to be re-invigorated in order for a negotiated settlement to be reached.
“Those genuinely interested in the future of Afghanistan and its people, should prioritize negotiating a peace and committing to measures, including safeguarding the country’s infrastructure, that will show a real concern for the welfare of all Afghans,” UNAMA said.
UNAMA called for ceasefire during Eid which is expected to begin on coming Tuesday, saying it could give Afghans a respite from the conflict and that “may contribute to sustained and meaningful peace negotiations.”