UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The top U.N. human rights official voiced concern that a plan passed by Afghanistan's parliament could lead to human rights abuses going unpunished.
The national stability plan passed by Afghanistan's lower parliament "will undermine the process towards securing long term peace," said Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights Friday.
According to the plan, which passed Wednesday, "All opponents who fought each other for different reasons in the past two and a half decades should be attracted to the national reconciliation process and should forgive each other and they should not be dealt with through legal and judicial channels."
But Arbour said, "Those responsible for serious human rights violations must be brought to justice. This is vital both for this and future generations."
Her statement called on the Afghan government to fulfill the commitments it has already made to ensure effective justice.
Those previous commitments include an Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation and Justice launched by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai last year. One of the action plan's objectives is to end amnesty for human rights violations, Arbour's statement said.
"Experience has shown time and again that effective and durable national reconciliation must be based on respect for international human rights standards and the rule of law, and must not come at their expense," she said, calling on the Afghan government to continue implementing the action plan.
"The voices of the victims must be heard and they have spoken out clearly for the culture of impunity in Afghanistan to end," Arbour said.