Is Time Ripe for Transitional Justice in Afghanistan – David Wisner

Since 2001, transitional justice in Afghanistan has endured a precarious progression, with those supporting it forced to fight for each step forward. Despite the efforts of transitional justice proponents, the amnesty bill signed by President Karzai in early 2007 dramatically reversed much of the progress that had been achieved. While the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has made substantial advancement in this field, several major obstacles remain in Afghanistan’s political support. This paper discusses the steps already taken to advance transitional justice, the various elements that obstruct it, and the measures that can realistically be carried out today.

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