05/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Afghan War Crime Pardons: Law Gives Blanket Pardon For War Crimes, Human Rights Abuses In Afghanistan Before 2001

Afghanistan confirmed for the first time publicly on Tuesday that it had enacted into law a blanket pardon for war crimes and human rights abuse carried out before 2001.

Human rights groups have expressed dismay that the law appeared to have been enacted quietly, granting blanket immunity to members of all armed factions for acts committed during decades of war before the fall of the Taliban.

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