The Afghanistan Justice
Project conducts research about serious war crimes and crimes
against humanity committed during every phase of the wars in
Afghanistan, from the Saur revolution in April 1978 until the Bonn
Agreement of December 2001. Our researchers interview a
wide range of sources to determine the facts about specific
incidents. As a human rights organization, we believe that by
exposing human rights violations, we exert pressure on international
donors, international and Afghan policy-makers and government
officials to account for the crimes of the past.
One of the
principal objectives of the project is to provide needed
documentation for Afghans about past abuses. Very little
documentation exists about many of the human rights
violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed
during the entirety of the Afghan conflict. If there comes a
time when Afghans feel secure enough to pursue justice through
a legal or a reconciliation process, they will need an
objective historical record. The Afghanistan Justice
Project is helping to contribute to that record.
AJP’s first report
on past war crimes will be published in June 2004. It will
focus largely on a number of serious war crimes from the
1992-2001 period. It will also document several war crimes and
human rights abuses committed between 1979 and 1991.
This is the first in a
series of report AJP intends to publish over the coming year.
These later reports will include more documentation on incidents
from the Taraki-Amin period and the Soviet occupation.