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Recently the spokesman for the Independent Commission for Human Rights in Afghanistan expressed concerns regarding the presence of child-soldiers in the ranks of the Islamic Emirate. The spokesman – Rafiullah Baydar – added that the use of child soldiers for military purposes is against international conventions relating to international humanitarian law and such breaches should be prevented. He also stated that the ‘opposition’ should adhere to international protocols and prevent the use of children in military affairs.
The Human Rights Commission did not present any evidence to support its charge. They merely relied on the accusations brought forth by the Kabul regime’s authorities for propaganda purposes. Relying on such accusations they brought forward their charge regarding the presence of child soldiers in the ranks of Mujahideen.
For years now the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has enforced a strict ban on the presence of children in the Jihadi ranks. In its operational manuals and principles it has expressly banned the presence of children amongst the ranks of Mujahideen.
Last month, during the Amir ul Mumineen’s (May Allah SWT protect him) speech – broadcast through the military radio communications – the leader of the Mujahideen inter alia also stated that “do not allow children and young teenagers within your ranks. Those youth members whose beards have not grown fully and who wish to join the Jihadists ranks should [instead] continue their education and serve their parents”.
In contrast with the Islamic Emirate’s Shariah-compliant policies, the Kabul Administration’s military, police and local militias are staffed with children as young as ten, twelve and fourteen years of age. This epidemic is so widespread that we can hardly find a single military base, road block, or check-post that do not have any under-age children in their ranks.
Media reports and website archives abound with video records showing that the majority of Kabul regime’s local militia commanders use under-age children for military purposes in addition to fulfill their twisted desires. Numerous times local people have complained to authorities that these local militias keep under-age boys in their bases for immoral purposes.
In similar vein we have witnessed the widespread use of drugs within Kabul’s security forces. The abuse of drugs is so widespread in their ranks that often they extort these products from farmers to meet their ever increasing demands.
Unfortunately the said Human Rights Commission as well as a number of other civil society associations and the media have turned a blind eye to these abuses and are only interested in spread such reports – no matter how unfounded – that would discredit our scholars and soldiers.
We view this recent accusation of the Human Rights Commission as nothing more than a claim forwarded at the request of other agencies. Previously too we witnessed such baseless reports that accused the Mujahideen in Konduz of looting and raping. Later investigations exempted the Mujahideen of any such doings and only highlighted the exaggerations of the enemy in this regard.
Civil societies and independent commissions can only achieve their objectives of serving mankind if they adopt an independent and impartial approach. If they give up these valuable qualities then they become nothing more than tools in the hands of belligerents in a conflict.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.