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89 Afghan judicial staff killed since 2015: UN

89 Afghan judicial staff killed since 2015: UN

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Feb 08, 2017 - 20:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN’s assistance mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA), condemning yesterday’s attack on the Supreme Court staff, on Wednesday said 89 judges, prosecutors and judicial staff members had been killed and 214 others wounded in 74 attacks since 2015.

At least 20 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a suicide explosion outside the Supreme Court (SC) in Kabul late on Tuesday. There has been so far no claim of responsibility for the attack.

UNAMA condemned Tuesday’s suicide attack in Kabul in a statement that said many of those killed and wounded were womeninfo-icon and female Supreme Court employees.     

“This attack appears to have deliberately targeted civilian judicial staff as they were leaving offices for the day,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and UNAMA head. “This attack is nothing short of an atrocity. Those responsible for planning and carrying out this horrendous act must be brought to justice.” 

UNAMA noted with concern a pattern of attacks against judicial authorities in recent years. Since the beginning of 2015 alone, UNAMA has documented 74 attacks targeting judges, prosecutors and judicial staff, resulting 89 deaths and 214 injuries.

The UN mission reminded all parties to the conflict that judges and civilian court staff were civilians and attacks intentionally targeting civilians were tantamount to war crimes.

UNAMA expressed deep condolences to the families of those killed and wished a swift recovery to the injured. 

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) also condemned yesterday's attack on the SC staff, saying employees of the Afghan Supreme Court had again been a target of a despicable attack.

The attack claimed the lives of at least 20 innocent people and many others injured. “Our thoughts are with the families of those who have been killed, and we wish those who have been injured a speedy recovery,” the EU statement said.

It said a functioning justice system would guarantee respect of the Afghan Constitution, something important for a democratic and peaceful Afghanistan.

“The EU stands by the Afghan authorities and calls on all Afghans to stay united in support of our combined efforts to fight the global threat of terrorism.”

Pakistaninfo-icon also strongly condemned the suicide attack outside the Supreme Court of Afghanistan in a statement from the Foreign Office on Wednesday.

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