On May 9, 2020, security forces deliberately targeted protestors in Ghor province killing five and injuring seventeen. The demonstrators who rallied in the center of the province to protest the unfair distribution of aids were battered by police following a riot by protestors, according to findings and eyewitness accounts.
This is the second incident as such in a month following the police excessive use of force to subdue demonstration in the Jaghori district of Ghazni province.
The two similar incidents demonstrate either the government deliberately uses excessive force to control public protests or has no control over its security forces to tackle issues such as public walkouts.
While condemning the incidents as such, the Civil Society and Human Rights Network reiterates that holding peaceful protest is an inalienable right of the people. The government is obliged to protect these rights in accordance with domestic and international law.
The CSHRN calls on the law enforcement agencies and judiciary to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and the motive for the police’s violent treatment of the protestors.