In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 photo, Shoaib, whose father and 13 others were killed in Afghanistanâ€™s central Ghor Province by gunmen in 2014, gives an interview to The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims.The statements were collected between Nov. 20, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, by organizations based in Europe and Afghanistan and sent to the ICC, Pedram said. Because one statement might include multiple victims and one organization might represent thousands of victim statements, the number of Afghans seeking justice from the ICC could be several million.In November, when ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda sought judicial authorization to begin the investigation, she said the court had been looking into possible war crimes in Afghanistan since 2006 .Bensouda said in November that "there is a reasonable basis to believe" that crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed by the Taliban as well as the Haqqani network. She also said there was evidence that the Afghan National Security Forces, Afghan National Police and its spy agency, known as the NDS, committed war crimes.Razaee said he went to the ICC because he wants those responsible to be punished, even if a peace deal with the Taliban is reached.
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