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ICC calls for probe into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan to resume

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(Last Updated On: November 1, 2022)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges announced Monday that the investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor into crimes against humanity and war crimes in Afghanistan can resume.

In a declaration published on the ICC’s website, the judges called for the investigation to resume, after a two year pause.

Human Rights Watch meanwhile stated late Monday night that the ICC should address crimes committed by all sides when it continues its investigation into the situation in Afghanistan.

This comes after the Prosecutor Karim Khan said last year that priority would be given to alleged crimes committed by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) and Daesh after he “deprioritized” alleged crimes committed by the former Afghan security forces and the US forces.

“The ICC offers a rare opportunity to advance justice in a country where accountability is completely absent,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“This investigation needs to address serious crimes by all sides to the conflict, including US forces, to bring justice even when the most powerful nations are involved.”

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Recent floods leave 540 dead in Afghanistan: UN

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

The United Nations says 540 people died as a result of recent floods in Afghanistan. The agency investigating the effects of the climate crisis in developing countries has said that as a result of these floods, 3,000 houses were also destroyed.

“Last week, we saw dangerous floods around the world, it has caused financial and life losses for many people. In Afghanistan, 540 people died and 3,000 houses were destroyed,” said Maria Lopes, representative of the Climate Crisis Impact Assessment Office at the UN.

At the same time, a delegation from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office of Economic Affairs has traveled to Ghor province and local officials have said that emergency aid including food, medicine and temporary shelters have been provided to the flood victims.

The spokesman of Ghor governor, Abdul Wahid Hamas, said that the number of victims as a result of floods in this province has reached 55 people. According to him, 3,000 houses in this province were destroyed and thousands more were badly damaged.

“We ask the Islamic Emirate to reach out to the people. None of us saw sympathy from the Emirate, no one came to show us at least a little sympathy,” said a flood victim of Ghor.

The casualties and damage caused by the floods in Afghanistan have also been met with international concern. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that due to the floods, hundreds of people have died, thousands of houses have been destroyed and this flood has led to a human disaster.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its gratitude to the countries and international organizations that have expressed sympathy with the people of Afghanistan and helped the flood victims, a statement read.

The recent floods in the country, especially in Baghlan, show that Afghanistan is more vulnerable to climate change and that the country needs long-term assistance from the international community.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes in mountains

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog, an Iranian official told Reuters.

According to the official, rescuers were making their way to the site of the incident.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The bad weather was complicating rescue efforts, the state news agency IRNA reported. The chief of staff of Iran’s army ordered all the resources of the army and the elite Revolutionary Guard to be put to use in the search and rescue operations.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is monitoring, with concern and hope, the fate of the aircraft carrying the Islamic Republic of Iran President H.E. Ibrahim Raisi; Iranian Minister, Mr. Hossein Amir Abdullahian and their companions, and hopes that the rescue team would succeed in locating President Raisi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan stands by the government and people of its brotherly and neighboring country in these hard times and hopes that no untoward incident has happened, the IEA stated.

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Rosemary DiCarlo meets with acting head of DAB

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), met Sunday with Hedayatullah Badri, acting head of Da Afghanistan Bank, where the two sides discussed the economic situation, financial and banking sector, DAB said in a statement.

In this meeting, Badri said that the sanctions imposed on Afghanistan’s banking sector by the international community has had a negative impact on Afghanistan’s financial stability and caused more losses to the people.

She said the sanctions have weakened people’s financial ability and made it difficult for Afghan banks to access international financial and banking systems.

According to her, Da Afghanistan Bank, the country’s central bank, has been able to better manage the liquidity problems of the banking sector in difficult conditions, but the existence of international sanctions makes international exchanges be done through unofficial channels, contrary to the laws, regulations and policies of DAB.

Badri stated that DAB has created a legal and regulatory framework for the development of small loans in the light of Islamic principles so that people can get small loans under easy conditions and develop their businesses.

DiCarlo, meanwhile, called the role of the banking sector in economic growth important and said that using the experiences of the countries of the world and strengthening the private sector in the development of financial services, granting small loans and Islamic financing is very important and requires joint work.

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