Site Visit: Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Date: Nov 5, 2019.
Participants: 2 professors, 2 lawyers, 20 students including 12 male and 8 female students.
Purpose: The purpose of this field visit was to familiarize students with the structure, organization, administration and activities of the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan.
On Tuesday 5 November 2019, the law clinic team of Kateb University including two professors, two lawyers, one admin and 20 students visited the Independent Human Rights Commission. During this tour, the students visited different sections of the Commission and became familiar with the process and competencies of each department. Mr. Amuzgar, the head of the commission’s education department provided full explanations to the students on the structure and foundations of the commission as well as the commission’s goals, activities, and achievements.
Mr. Amuzgar, shared a full presentation of the Commission’s programs and activities. While encouraging students to learn and emphasizing the importance of education in advancement of society, he stated that the effective way to save a society is education and the Commission has always sought to address issues such as the right to education for children and women.
Mr. Amuzgar pointed out to a number of the goals of the Independent Human Rights Commission as follow:
- Protection of human rights
- Human rights development
- Monitoring human rights
The duties and competencies of the Independent Human Rights Commission also refer to the following characters:
- Monitoring the human rights situation.
- Monitoring the implementation of the Constitution’s provisions, laws, regulations, bills and Afghanistan’s human rights obligations.
- Visiting sites deprived from liberty.
- Investigation of human rights violations.
- Providing advice to Parliament on repealing, modification and approval of the laws.
In the above cases, the Independent Human Rights Commission shall act on the Constitution, the law of structure, duties and powers of the Commission and other laws and regulations.
Mr. Amuzgar also cited a number of achievements of the Human Rights Commission, including 48,720 cases of violence against women, registered and monitored 24,289 times. He also included in his stats some 7,487 illegal detainees that have been released from prison with legal support, legal intervention and litigation assistance by the commission. In addition, 92 mass graves of war crime victims have been preliminarily discovered and investigated by the commission and 50 cases of personal arbitrary detention have been blocked by commission’s legal intervention and 5 national investigations have been conducted by the Commission.
Finally, Kateb University law clinic team visited each of the Human Rights Commission departments, such as: Department of Child Protection and Development, Department of Human Rights and Development, Monitoring and Investigating Human Rights Violations etc… The activities of each of the relevant departments were also discussed in this field visit and students received answers to all of their questions.