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HRW Calls for Sanctions Against Asadullah Khaled

HRW Calls for Sanctions Against Asadullah Khaled

KABUL – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged major donors to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s newly appointed defense minister, Asadullah Khaled, over alleged human rights abuses and other crimes.
“Credible evidence of serious human rights abuses and war crimes linked to [Asadullah Khaled] have followed him throughout his government career,” the New York-based rights watchdog said on January 12.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appointed Khaled as defense minister in December, prompting an outcry from human rights organizations that accuse him of being involved in assassinations, torture, and acts of sexual violence against women while serving as governor of Ghazni and Kandahar provinces in 2005 and 2008.
Assadullah Khaled denies the accusations.
“The Afghan government has proved unwilling to criminally investigate Khaled, but Afghanistan’s donors can act,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW.
Brad Adams, Asia Director at HRW called on donors including the United States and Canada to impose sanctions on Khalid, freeze his assets and ban him from entry and disseminate a message that should clarify that human rights violators cannot be appointed to the position of authority.
Critics say Khalid’s appointment will only complicate peace process after 17 years of conflict. It has also fueled accusations that Ghani was trying to neutralize potential opponents by bringing them onto his side ahead of the election.
(Sahar News)

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