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Abdul Samad Amiri

HRD, Acting Director (Ghor Province)
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Abdul Samad Amiri was the Acting Director in Ghor Province of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Abdul Samad was working to combat the surge in the murder and suicide of women which is closely linked to the general climate of violence and specifically the entrenched nature of domestic violence. In a recent interview he stated, “murder and suicides have mounted in the province recently and 12 cases were recorded by the Human Rights Commission and there might be more violence in the areas and districts controlled by Taliban group. But due to insecurity problems, the Human Rights Commission doesn’t have access to those areas and people in those places may not have information about the Commission too.”


The continuing lack of security and instability in the country impact negatively on the ability of human rights defenders (HRDs) to carry out their work. They are subjected to threats, intimidation, harassment, surveillance, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. Perpetrators include both state and non-state actors, including warlords, members of the Taliban, government agents, and conservative social groups.