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Afghan Government Under Fire for Rescuing Islamic State Militants

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Voice of America, 6 August 2018

AAN analysis is quoted in this report about the controversial surrender of pro-IS fighters in the province of Jawzjan, pointing out human rights concerns:

The controversial amnesty law marginalizes victims, overlooking their right to justice, said observers with the Kabul-based independent Afghanistan Analysts Network in an article on the questionable surrender of IS-K fighters in the northern province.

The research group noted amnesties for war crimes and gross human rights violations are no longer considered legal under international law.

“In this case, given that the self-proclaimed IS-K fighters and leaders were forced to surrender, rather than willingly leaving the insurgency, it would be especially strange if the government did grant amnesties,” said AAN.

The watchdog noted in its detailed study the Afghan government has carried out no full-scale offensive against IS-K in the two districts in Jowzjan, encouraging the group to recruit fighters and survive for three years.

“Neither its long inaction or its decision, in the end, to take action to rescue the remnants of the group have been explained,” AAN lamented.