Amnesty International Annual Report 2012
The state of the world’s human rights
Published 24 May 2012
October marked the 10th anniversary of the international military intervention in Afghanistan. The ongoing armed conflict between the Afghan government and its international allies on the one hand, and the Taleban and other armed groups on the other, led to record levels of civilian casualties, prompting Amnesty International to reiterate its calls for the International Criminal Court to investigate suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity.
According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 3,021 civilians were killed in the conflict during 2011, with armed groups responsible for 77 per cent of civilian deaths.
The judicial authorities, the police and the Afghan National Army routinely committed serious human rights violations.
Arbitrary arrests and detentions continued, with systematic use of torture and other ill-treatment by the intelligence services.
Afghans, particularly women and girls, were deprived of their rights to health and education.
Humanitarian aid remained inaccessible for most people in areas controlled by the Taleban and other insurgent groups.
The Afghanistan NGO Safety Office documented 170 attacks on NGO workers – a rise of 20 per cent compared to 2010.
Violence against women and girls was widespread and went unpunished, particularly in areas controlled by insurgents. Women reporting cases of gender-based violence received little redress.
Abuses by armed groups
Violations by Afghan and international forces
Arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment
Freedom of expression
Violence against women and girls
Right to health
Right to education
Refugees and internally displaced people
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