The Tribunal was first established in May, 1981, to investigate the alleged violations of human rights by the Soviet Army based in Afghanistan.
1. SV INT Laurent Schwartz speaking. (French SOT) 0.36
2. CU PAN Afghan witnesses listening as Schwartz speaks on. 0.47
3. CU Farida Ahmadi, a witness, seated. 0.50
4. CU Schwartz speaks on. (SOT) 1.37
5. CU Farida Ahmadi giving testimony during question and answer session (French SOT) while other Afghan (male) witnesses listen. (3 SHOTS) 2.12
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
The Tribunal was first established in May, 1981, to investigate the alleged violations of human rights by the Soviet Army based in Afghanistan. The international secretariat which supervised these first hearings claimed the Soviet authorities within Afghanistan were acting counter to article two, section four of the charter of the United Nations. This charter guarantees basic social and political rights to all people of the world. Speaking at this year's meeting of the Tribunal in Paris was Laurent Schwartz, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Paris. He told the meeting that evidence had been found to support allegations that the Soviet Army was torturing prisoners taken during round-ups of political suspects throughout Afghanistan. These tortures included locking prisoners in dark cells and the administration of electric shocks. Many witnesses were called to support the allegations brought forward, among them Farida Ahmadi, a medical student who claimed to have been tortured by secret police.
Source: REUTERS - FREDERIC FABRE