The Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday raised concerns over the rise in civilian deaths in Afghanistan at the hands of militant groups and said reckless and deliberate attacks on civilians is a war crime.
The AIHRC reiterated calls on all parties - especially insurgent groups - not to harm civilians.
“It is sad and shocking that everyday we witness attacks on civilian targets,” said AIHRC chief executive Musa Mahmoudi.
The statement comes after a suicide bomber targeted the Afghan supreme court in Kabul killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 40 others.
Meanwhile, families of supreme court attack victims have renewed calls to government to serve justice on inmates detained in Afghan jails.
Farid Ahmad who was married a year ago lost his wife in Tuesday’s suicide bombing.
“My life is devastated, I don’t have a life after her,” said Farid Ahmad.
"May Allah destroy these terrorists,” he said.
“When I got home, she would welcome me with great respect, but now I don’t have anyone to smile at me,” he said.
The Afghan government meanwhile said it is taking all necessary steps to protect civilians during armed encounters.
“We delay the majority of our operations so that the people are not harmed, the big problem is that terrorists do not care about the lives of civilians,” said the CEO’s deputy spokesman Jawed Faisal.
The attack on the supreme court happened just days after the UN raised major concerns over the rising level of civil casualties in Afghanistan.
According to the UN, more than 3,000 Afghans were killed last year and over 8,000 others were wounded.
UN special envoy to Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto last week called the ongoing war in Afghanistan a meaningless war.