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Atmar calls for concrete probes into sexual abuse allegations

14 Jul 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: Mohammad Haneef Atmar, a presidential candidate, on Saturday called

for immediate steps to deal with the sexual misconduct allegations at the

Presidential Palace, and other governmental institutions.

The electoral office of Haneef Atmar in a statement said the government must

immediately launch credible investigations into the alleged sexual abuse at the

Presidential Palace and other high-level governmental institutions.

The statement reads that recent reports by local and international media

outlets have sparked concerns in the society regarding the persistent sexual molestation

at governmental institutions.

Furthermore, the electoral office of Atmar expressed regret at government’s

silence and reluctance to act on the issue. “It’s been a long time since the

first report was published in this regard.”

Meanwhile, the electoral team of Peace and Moderation said it strongly

condemned act, calling it a heinous phenomenon and demanded the formation of an

independent investigative group to launch a probe in to the issue.

In the meantime, the statement said, “Leakage of reports regarding sexual

misconduct victimizes those who have long campaigned and have suffered from

discrimination to make enormous progress in the past 18 years to gain their

human and civil rights.”

Former senior presidential adviser Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai had earlier

claimed that a specific circle in ARG Presidential Palace sought sexual favors

in exchange for governmental seats.

He had leveled the allegation during an exclusive interview with a local

television network named Khurshid TV.

Ahmadzai also claimed that widespread corruption exists inside Presidential

Palace.

Moreover, the BBC has recently published a report regarding the alleged

sexual misconduct in the Afghan government. The report contained the accounts

several women who were victimized by senior officials in the government.

Original Link: http://www.afghanistantimes.af/atmar-calls-for-concrete-probes-into-sexual-abuse-allegations/

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