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Investigating and prosecuting VAW in Afghanistan

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

Under international and national Laws: the State has to “exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate, prosecute and punish such non-state officials or private actors”.


State and its officials are accountable as:  

"Authors, complicit or otherwise responsible under the law for consenting to or acquiescing in such impermissible acts”.

The State’s responsibility to carry out due diligence can be said to be applied at two levels:

(1) The state’s responsibility for a failure of due diligence also arises in relation to the state not having in place laws and policies to prevent violence. 

(2) In relation to the crime, what did the state do or not do to ensure accountability, to prevent, investigate and prosecute the crime? Was this reasonable given the circumstances of the particular case?    

"For a positive obligation to arise, it must be established that the authorities knew of or ought to have known at the time of the existence of a real and immediate risk to the life of an identified individual from the criminal acts of a third party and that they failed to take measures within the scope of their powers which, judged reasonably, might have been expected to avoid that risk." Kontrová v. Slovakia