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Afghanistan: UN Annual Report Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Categories: Articles:Peacemaking | Published: 18/02/2015 | Views: 1501
"The conflict took an extreme toll on civilians in 2014. Mortars, IEDs, gunfire and other explosives destroyed human life, stole limbs and ruined lives at unprecedented levels. The thousands of Afghan children, women and men killed and injured in 2014 attest to failures to protect civilians from harm. All parties must uphold the values they claim to defend and make protecting civilians their first priority."

This annual report shows once again the unacceptable price that the conflict is exacting on the civilian population in Afghanistan. Documenting these trends should not be regarded as a "body count", but as a vital step towards accountability. It is high time that States live up to their responsibility to protect civilians, and that perpetrators of war crimes and other violations understand that they will face justice for what they have done."

This annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan for 2014 was prepared by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2014.   Published on Refworld, 18/02/15
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