Around 794 complaint forms representing 1.17 million Afghans were presented to the International Criminal Court for a possible war crimes case involving armed actors including US military, CIA and the Taliban, the Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) said in Kabul on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference, TJCG member Naeam Nazari said that "for the first time in the history of the country, the hopes and the wishes of the victims of crimes that are also in competence of the International Court of Justice are approaching the state." "This will be a big victory for justice in Afghanistan," Nazari added.
Testimonies - reportedly involving whole villages in some cases - were received by the ICC over the course of three months until January 31.
The ICC started accepting the statements in November after its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda brought forward a request to open a formal investigation into possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan since it became an ICC member in May 2003.
The ICC will now evaluate the statements to decide whether to greenlight Bensouda’s war crimes investigation or not.