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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Afghan president signed war crimes amnesty legislation
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 10, 2007, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed legislation granting amnesty to groups that allegedly committed war crimes. The bill had been approved by the Afghan parliament earlier that day. The law barred the state from independently prosecuting individuals for war crimes absent accusation from an alleged victim. It also extended immunity to all groups involved in pre-2002 conflicts, including the Taliban and other human rights violators active before the establishment of the December 2001 Interim Administration.

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