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Monday, 11 March, 2002, 09:45 GMT
Fairness urged for Afghan rights commission
The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Mary Robinson, has said that a proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Afghanistan must investigate atrocities committed by all sides, not just the ousted Taleban.

Mrs Robinson told journalists in the Afghan capital, Kabul that it was not acceptable to look at what she called a partial truth.

The BBC Kabul correspondent says abuses did not start with the Taleban, and that some of the worst perpetrators are now back in positions of power.

Mrs Robinson and the Afghan interim leader, Hamid Karzai, endorsed the idea of a truth commission, on Saturday.

The UN human rights chief said Afghanistan must pursue the dual goals of maintaining stability, while at the same time beginning to reverse a climate of impunity and violence.

Mrs Robinson later travelled to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif where she met senior officials and aid workers.

The aid workers said she was told that revenge killings, rapes and looting had been reported since the ousting of the Taleban.

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