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Activists say Afghanistan considering war crimes court in response to allegations

[JURIST] The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission [official website] said Monday that the government of Afghanistan is considering creating a war crimes court to deal with allegations of human rights abuses dating back to the Soviet invasion in the 1970s. Earlier this month Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] issued a report [text] calling for investigation of several high-level government officials [JURIST report], accusing them of having committed abuses during Afghanistan's civil war in the early 1990s. Afghan President Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] had no immediate comment, but a AIHRC commissioner said he expected a decision "in the coming weeks". AP has more.

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