A delegates from the International Association of Democratic Lawyers visited Afghanistan early this month (March) to study the human rights situation there.
SV ZOOM IN Afghan President Babrak Karmal PAN TO lawyers (2 shots)
LV Delegation around table ZOOM IN CU delegation member (2 shots)
SVs Delegation conferring (2 shots)
SCU TRACKING SHOT Guns on table (2 shots)
SCU TRACKING SHOT Leaflets and guns (3 shots)
SCU TRACKING SHOT Wigs, glasses and make-up
SCU Lawyers looking at exhibits (3 shots)
SV Lawyers handling guns (2 shots)
SV knives and guns (3 shots)
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Background: A delegates from the International Association of Democratic Lawyers visited Afghanistan early this month (March) to study the human rights situation there. Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal met a team of eight lawyers in Kabul and told them he would welcome cordial relations with Pakistan and with Western powers such as the United States. But he charged that his country was being victimised by international aggression launched from Pakistani bases.
SYNOPSIS: President karmal told the lawyers that the United States and Saudi Arabia were financing "terrorist activities.": by made than sixty thousand Moslem rebels operating form five camps in Pakistan. The President said Afghanistan could not successfully counter such activities without the active assistance of the Soviet Union, but did not say how lo long Soviet troops would remain in his country. Afghanistan, he said, wanted good relations with Western countries but the West would first have to stop "strangling" his country.
The delegation of lawyers was shown an assortment of weapons that were alleged to have been supplied to Afghan rebel troops by Britain, China, the United States and Israel. The leaflets on the table were said to have been printed in Pakistan and to all for the killing of members of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan.
The layers were also shown a collection of wigs, and spectacles that were said to have been used by rebels to convince people they were pure Moslems. President karmal's government has been taking steps to mobilise more soldiers and civilians to fight Moslem rebels in Afghanistan. Reports on Wednesday (19 March) said efforts were being made to involve the local population in security tasks and persuade them that the insurgents were not genuine Moslems. Twenty-one year olds are being conscripted for military duties in the early spring, and will have to spend one to two years in the army.