The Presidential Palace said in statement that the National Unity Government (NUG) will investigate former Jawzjan governor Ahmad Eshchi’s claims of assault by First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum and his men.
According to the statement, the basic obligations of the government are to protect the lives, dignity and security of citizens in accordance with Islamic values, the constitution and other laws of the country and international covenants on human rights.
The government assures the public it will follow all legal steps to maintain justice through judicial authorities, with complete independence and impartiality.
This comes after Eshchi claimed Dostum beat him up, held him in custody and sexually assaulted him. He said he was held in Dostum’s custody for five days before being handed over to the National Directorate of Security (NDS) where he spent a further 11 days in a detention center.
Eshchi was released on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in response to the Presidential Palace’s announcement that it “welcomes the Afghan government’s commitment to investigate the alleged human rights violations committed against the politician, Mr. Ahmad Eshchi.”
“Mr. Eshchi reports he was illegally detained and severely maltreated by security officials acting under the authority of the First Vice President, Abdul Rashid Dostum.
“UNAMA is concerned about these allegations, stresses the importance of due process and accountability, and remains committed to working with the government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to strengthen respect for human rights and the rule of law.”