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Killing of Parliamentary Candidate and Election Workers in Afghanistan


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 31, 2010

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The United States strongly condemns the recent killing of a fourth candidate for parliament in Afghanistan and of five men working on the electoral campaign of a female candidate, all in Herat province. Though it is not yet clear who is responsible for these killings, our thoughts and deep sympathies are with the families affected by these horrible attacks.

Violent intimidation of electoral candidates and their supporters undermines the right of all Afghans to a peaceful and democratic future for their country, and those responsible for the killings must be brought to justice. Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections are an important milestone on the road to becoming a full and rightful member of the community of democratic nations. We encourage the Government of Afghanistan to provide adequate security measures that allow candidates and voters, particularly women, to fully participate and ensuring the election process reflects the democratic will of the Afghan people.

The United States will continue working with our Afghan and international partners to support the people of Afghanistan as they strive to secure a future of peace, freedom, and opportunity for themselves and their children, free from fear and intimidation.



PRN: 2010/1175

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