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Afghan Immunity Law Stirs Up Anger

Posted on Feb 12, 2010
AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

President Hamid Karzai, shown here in 2009, is pushing for a peace deal between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government.

Eliciting a cry from international and domestic human rights organizations, the Afghanistan government has passed a controversial law giving immunity from prosecution to Taliban fighters—no matter their deeds—who lay down their weapons.

The move, which some see as reconciliation, is being called by others a sign of disrespect to the victims and families of victims of Taliban violence, a bid for a quick peace deal with insurgents that violates the rights of injured parties. —JCL

The Guardian:

Taliban fighters who have maimed and murdered but who lay down their weapons will be given immunity from prosecution according to a law that came into force without announcement in the weeks running up to last month’s London conference on Afghanistan.

The sudden implementation of the controversial law, which had been shelved for almost two years since it was passed by a slim parliamentary majority in 2007, has raised fears that the Afghan government is ignoring the rights of Taliban victims for the sake of President Hamid Karzai’s push for a quick peace deal with insurgents.

The reconciliation and general amnesty law also gives immunity from prosecution to all of the country’s warlords, the former factional leaders, many of whom are hated for the atrocities they committed during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s.

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By msgmi, February 13, 2010 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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There is nothing novel about immunizing war criminals. Most recently, it has been done in Algeria and South Africa. To the victor belong the spoils and sometimes their behavior goes unpunished.

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By NYCartist, February 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

The BBC online is reporting the offensive has begun by NATO forces in Afghanistan.  Subheadlines include one: “There will be casualties.”.  I hate this war-making.  Please, let’s all get it stopped.  We all (of a certain age, in particular, according to Chomsky, the military - the troops who refused to fight did the most, but we protested.  We made noise.
My marching days are over.  (ME/CFS and nearing 7 0 in a couple of weeks.)  My art’s been made protesting
gov’t policies present and past.  Why so often does Obama do his war-stuff on weekends?  The drones into Pakistan were done initially (Jan. 23,2009) on weekends…

Presidents Weekend last year, I made protest art update about those drones into Pakistan.  One year later, escalation, more dead…Feh.

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By liecatcher, February 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment


We can be absolutely certain that if these
do lay down their arms, they will be recruited by the
CIA, the same way the NAZIS were brought into the
U.S. after World War 2. Like Bush3 who immediately
surrounded himself with an experienced cabinet
It won’t be long before the real unemployment rate is
acknowledged to be close to 20%. Even now recruitment
rates for the military are up since food & a paycheck
are very seductive.
With over 4000 military bases in the U.S.,& millions
of citizens to round up, any terrorist or mercenary
is guaranteed work in America.

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