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Transitional Justice

Visitor at the opening of Kabul’s newest museum, the Afghanistan Centre for Memories and Dialogue, which commemorates war crimes and their victims (Photo Hadi Morawej 2019)

Peace in The Air, But Where Is Justice? Efforts to get transitional justice on the table

Ehsan Qaane Sari Kouvo

A new museum, commemorating war crimes and their victims, has opened in Kabul. The Afghanistan Centre for Memories and Dialogue is dedicated to collecting the stories of survivors and the families of victims of war crimes. Their voices have rarely been heard in recent decades, partly because dealing with the legacy of violations in the […]

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Thematic Dossier XVI: Afghanistan’s War Crimes Amnesty and the International Criminal Court

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently pondering whether to open an investigation into war crimes committed in Afghanistan since 2003, allegedly by the Taleban, the American military and CIA and Afghan government forces. In order to provide context to this possible investigation, AAN is publishing a dossier that brings together our reporting on amnesty […]

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Investigating Post-2003 War crimes: Afghan Government wants “one more year” from the ICC

Ehsan Qaane

The ICC Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) announced on 14 November 2016 that it would “imminently” make its final decision whether to ask the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber for authorisation to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since Afghanistan signed the ICC statute in 2003. The Afghan government, however, has asked […]

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Afghan War Criminal Zardad Freed: No protection for witnesses

Kate Clark

One of the few Afghans convicted of war crimes has been released from a British jail and deported to Afghanistan. Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, a Hezb-e Islami commander, was convicted in 2005 of hostage-taking and torture. He preyed on people fleeing the civil war in Kabul in the mid-1990s, infamously keeping a ‘human dog’, a man […]

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BSIS Annual International Conference 2016

07 April 2016, University of Kent – Annual Conference: Conflict Termination to Conflict Recurrence, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Analysing Post-Conflict Societies

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AAN’s co-director Dr Sari Kouvo will be one of the panelist for the discussion on “Who Is A Victim, Who Is A Perpetrator: transitional justice in post-conflict societies” at the The University of Kent: Brussels School of International Studies Annual International Conference. The panel will focus on the issue of how the construction of victim and perpetrator identities affect […]

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A 36-Year Wait for Justice? Dutch arrest suspected Afghan war criminal

Kate Clark

The Dutch police have arrested an Afghan Dutchman on suspicion of war crimes. Sadeq Alamyar has been accused of involvement in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghan war: the killing of hundreds of men and boys in the village of Kerala in Kunar province by an elite unit, on the night of 19-20 […]

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2014 Elections (20): The Ashraf Ghani interview

Kate Clark

In the second of AAN’s interviews with the two remaining Afghan presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani has challenged his rival, Dr Abdullah, to televised debates – after Abdullah told AAN he did not want any debates this time. Ghani also dared Abdullah’s running mate, the Hazara politician, Muhammad Muhaqeq, to discuss publically with him who has […]

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Past Crimes Haunt Afghan Progress

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IPS, 16 March 2014 In the run-up to Afghanistan's presidential elections, "civil society activists in Bamiyan … seem particularly interested in what the presidential candidates have to say about 'transitional justice.'" writes the news agency. The article quotes Sari Kouvo's 2012 AAN dispatch saying that "the favoured strategy of both the Afghan government and the international community […]

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Afghanistan’s most feared warlord says sorry to victims of conflict

AAN Team

The Telegraph, 10 October 2013 In this article about General Dostum’s “unprecedented public apology for his role in the country’s bloody civil wars”, AAN’s translation of his statement is quoted.

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A Leader Apologises: General Dostum, elections and war crimes

Kate Clark

For the first time, a senior Afghan has made a public apology to those of his compatriots who suffered during the war. General Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of the largely Uzbek Jombesh party / ex military faction, made the statement a day after registering as running mate to Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the presidential elections. […]

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Death List Published: Families of disappeared end a 30 year wait for news

Kate Clark

This week some Afghan families have finally been able to hold a fateha (mourning ceremony) for fathers, brothers and sons who disappeared more than thirty years ago. Evidence of the fate of their relatives came with the publication by the Dutch prosecutor’s office of a list of almost 5000 people killed during the first 20 […]

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17-21 July 2013, Belfast: Summer School on Transitional Justice with AAN participation

Martine van Bijlert

The University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus will play host to the 6th annual international Summer School on Transitional Justice from 17-21 July 2013. Organised by the Transitional Justice Institute, the Summer School brings together practitioners, academics and postgraduate students from around the world to share in a week long programme of interactive seminars and workshops. […]

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