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Afghan leaders, Human Rights Organisation React Strongly to US Presidential Pardon.

Published Nov 22, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai came out strongly against President Donald Trump for pardoning two U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan. As per Khaama Press, the office of the former president said in a statement the former president strongly condemns the pardoning of two American service members convicted in war crimes in Afghanistan.

Karzai claimed that the American government proved that it is not respecting the human values, specifically the lives of the Afghans with its recent decision.

The Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) warned that President Trump’s decisions to pardon two American soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan will cause the repeat of such crimes.

The AIHRC has demanded that the Afghan government should speak up on the issue and take up the same with the United States as this will likely lead to a degree of impunity in operations by the foreign security forces in the country given that the two officers had been charged with grievous offences after there had been adequate investigations and inquiry.

There has been no official reaction from Kabul so far and it is not likely that the government will take up the issue with the US government.

U.S. President Donald Trump on 16 November issued pardons to U.S. military officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan. “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army Major Mathew Golsteyn,” the White House said in a statement.

Lieutenant Lorance was jailed for 19 years after he ordered his men to open fire on three men in 2012 in which two people were killed. He had served more than six years of the 19-year sentenced he received. Major Mathew Golsteyn was set to stand trial for an allegedly unlawful killing of a suspected Taliban bomb maker in Marjah district of Helmand province.

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