아프가니스탄에서 반정부세력에 의한 민간인 암살 건수가 증가하고 있다는 내용의 유엔 보고서가 발간된 가운데, 국제앰네스티는 탈레반과 기타 반군세력이 전쟁범죄에 대한 조사 및 기소를 받아야 한다고 말했다.UNAMA(UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)에 의하면, 탈레반과 기타 반군의 민간인 암살 및 빈번한 급조 폭발물(IED) 사용으로 아프가니스탄 내 민간인 사상자 수가 올해 초에 들어 31% 급증했다. 민간인 총 부상자 수의 76%, 사망자 수의 72%는 탈레반과 기타 반정부세력의 공격에 의해 발생했다.
올해 초 탈레반과 기타 반군세력에 의한 민간인 처형 및 암살 건수는 지난해와 비교해 95% 급증하여 183건을 기록했다. 피해자들은 주로 정부지지자들이었다.
국제앰네스티 샘 자리피(Sam Zarifi) 아시아태평양 국장은 “탈레반과 기타 반군세력은 체계적인 민간인 살해행위를 강화하고 있다. 민간인을 표적으로 삼는 것은 확연한 전쟁 범죄에 해당한다”며 “아프간인들은 정의를 강하게 요구하고 있으며, 책임과 배상에 대한 권리를 갖고 있다”고 말했다.
이어서 자리피 국장은 “현재 아프가니스탄에는 사법적 책임 결여문제를 해결할 실질적인 사법 시스템이 구축돼있지 않다”며 “아프간 정부는 국제형사재판소를 통해 분쟁의 각 구성원들이 저지른 전쟁범죄 및 반인류범죄 자행여부에 대해 조사해야 한다”고 말했다.
아프가니스탄은 국제형사재판소의 로마규정 가입국이다.
Taleban should be prosecuted for war crimes in Afghanistan
10 August 2010
The Taleban and other insurgent groups should be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes, Amnesty International said, following the release of a UN report showing a rise in targeted killings of civilians in Afghanistan by anti-government fighters.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan leapt by 31% in the first half of 2010, driven largely by the Taleban and other insurgents’ rising use of improvised explosive devices, and their increased targeting of civilians for assassination, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Attacks by the Taleban and other anti-government forces accounted for more than 76% of civilian casualties and 72% of deaths.
In the first half of 2010, the executions and assassinations of civilians by the Taleban and other insurgent groups increased by over 95% to 183 recorded deaths compared to the same time last year. The victims were usually accused of supporting the government.
“The Taleban and other insurgents are becoming far bolder in their systematic killing of civilians. Targeting of civilians is a war crime, plain and simple” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director. “The Afghan people are crying out for justice, and have a right to accountability and compensation.”
“There is no practical justice system in Afghanistan now that can address the lack of accountability. So the Afghan government should ask the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity that may have been committed by all parties to the conflict.”
Afghanistan is a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Amnesty |nternational has been told that tribal elders in various villages of Kandahar, Zabul, and Khost provinces have been fleeing rural areas, fearing systematic targeting by the Taleban.
“The elders are threatened and if they don’t cooperate with the Taleban they are killed,” said a Kandahar journalist. “Then the Taliban will just tell the village that the elder was an American spy and that is why he was killed.” The journalist asked not to be identified out of fear of Taleban retaliation.
Amnesty International is urging the international and Afghan forces to ensure they comply with their legal obligation to protect civilians from harm, especially those who provide them with information about anti-government groups or cooperate during military operations.
According to UNAMA, NATO-led and government forces caused 29% fewer casualties than the previous year, which has been attributed to policy changes placing greater priority on civilian protection, borne out in a 64% decline in casualties caused by aerial attacks.
Amnesty International welcomes the reported drop in deaths caused by NATO-led forces, but sounded a note of caution. “Pro-government forces were responsible for at least 223 deaths in six months, and NATO still has no coherent way of accounting for casualties,” said Sam Zarifi. “Special Forces in Afghanistan are still failing to be open about their actions when being called to account over civilian casualties.”
The UNAMA report singles out Special Forces in Afghanistan for acting without accountability, and calls for greater transparency over their operations, and for more information on forces are now operating under a new integrated command structure, so that casualties can be properly investigated and justice delivered to victims.