The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) spoke out on Friday demanding the government take immediate action to reform the country's legal and judicial branches, which commentators have become increasingly frustrated with, claiming rampant corruption and neglect within them have eroded public trust in the rule of law.
"Implementing reforms in the legal institutions is a fundamental demand of the people and the human rights commission," AIHRC spokesman Rafiullah Bedar said on Friday, "The president also emphasized on the issue during his inauguration, therefore, necessary reforms should be brought to legal system so that public trust is revived and people utilize the courts."
Some MPs and local residents in Kabul have reported that in some communities, government courts are no longer used, and instead people refer their grievances and arbitration needs to local tribal Jirgas.
"I think the issues that exist in the legal organs have caused people to avoid consulting the courts, so the government must consider necessary reforms in this respect and appoint qualified and skilled people in the legal and judicial organs," MP Abdul Hai Akhondzada told TOLOnews.
In 2013, Transparency International's corruption perception index ranked Afghanistan's judicial system as the most corrupt in the entire world. Since then, calls for reform have echoed resounding yet little action has been taken by the central government.
"We demand the national unity government meet its commitments with regard to the implementation of reforms in the legal system of the country, otherwise, public mistrust will be expand," a Kabul resident named Mohammad Reza said.
Human rights activists have consistently said that the lack of courts in remote regions and villages of the country forces locals to rely on tribal Jirgas or even makeshift courts organized by militant groups.
The Afghan Supreme Court refused to comment when contacted by TOLOnews.