AVA- "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.
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.
Adams called on donors including the United States, Canada, the European Union, and others to impose sanctions on Khalid, including an asset freeze and a travel ban, and “send a clear message that returning a known human rights abuser to a position of authority is simply unacceptable."
Monday 14 January 2019 06:27