U.S. Embassy Statement on Release of Engineer Ishchi (December 13, 2016)

December 13, 2016

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the release of Engineer Ahmad Ishchi.  The unlawful detention and reported mistreatment of Mr. Ishchi by the First Vice President raises serious concerns. We would welcome the Afghan government’s move to swiftly investigate these allegations.

A strong, independent justice system is the cornerstone of every stable society. Afghans demand that human rights be respected and the rule of law be upheld. We stand with the Afghan people as they work towards a stable, peaceful and prosperous future.