....The Afghan amnesty law refers to similar processes in other post-conflict states, particularly the South African reconciliation process which is considered to be a relatively successful programme.

In South Africa the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like body that was formed after the abolition of apartheid. Witnesses who were identified as victims of gross human rights violations were invited to give statements about their experiences, and some were invited to public hearings. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution.

The condition of giving amnesty to the perpetrators was their admission to the crimes they had committed under political (and not personal) motivations. Rather than retribution, the objective was to document and publicise the crimes and atrocities that had occurred during apartheid. In addition, the commission gave compensation to the victims in the name of restorative justice. 

The Afghan amnesty law, by contrast, makes no mention of the suffering of Afghan people who were subjected to frequent violations of their human rights during the past two and half decades. Nor does it speak of any aspiration to see justice for those who lost their beloveds in the atrocities perpetrated by different Mujahedin groups as well as the Taliban and other regimes. Instead it asks these victims to look upon the Mujahedin as their national heroes and to never question their deeds.

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