Perpetrators of Afghan suicide attack must be brought to justice

The top United Nations human rights official has condemned yesterday’s bombing in northern Afghanistan, calling on authorities in the strife-torn nation to bring those responsible for the attack which left at least 41 people dead, including numerous children and six members of Parliament, to justice.

“There are no terms strong enough to express the revulsion felt at such an attack,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said, adding her voice to that of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who yesterday strongly condemned the “heinous” attack in the town of Baghlan – one of the deadliest the country has seen in recent years.

“Attacks of this kind on civilians flout the most fundamental principles of humanity and human rights,” Ms. Arbour stated.

She called on Afghan authorities to do “everything in their power to bring those responsible to justice in line with accepted standards of due process.”