Past crimes haunt Afghan progress

  As Afghanistan heads for presidential elections on April 5, people are asking if the country’s massive legacy of human-rights violations will be swept under the carpet yet again by the new government.  Civil society activists in Bamiyan city – capital of the central province by the same name where the Taliban in 2001 destroyed two ancient Buddha statues – seem particularly interested in what the presidential candidates have to say about “transitional justice”.  The term refers to the set of judicial and non-judicial measures, including criminal prosecution, truth commissions and institutional reforms, which a country implements to redress past human-rights … Continue reading Past crimes haunt Afghan progress