Afghanistan: Human Rights must be the priority

In a statement to the Afghan Support Group meeting in Oslo to discuss future donor coordination for Afghanistan, they went on to say in a joint statement:

"Major human rights abuses continue to be committed in Afghanistan and without international pressure and increased advice and support to Afghan institutions, this situation will not change. Donors should provide adequate assistance so both recent and past abuses can be investigated and fairly addressed."

"Security and an end to conflict in Afghanistan will only come when human rights are fully protected in Afghanistan", the organisations added. Currently the lack of security is the most serious obstacle to reconstruction. The international community's limited focus on Kabul has undermined long-term national security. Increased financial and technical support needs to be provided to Afghan institutions to ensure that they can protect human rights across the whole country. International support for Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights's rights must be made more visible, and the international community should create economic, social and cultural opportunities for Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights.

"It is essential that the international community condemns all infringements of the right to freedom of expression, as those who speak out in Afghanistan have faced intimidation, arbitrary arrest, and violence. Any such cases should be raised by the international community with the Afghan authorities," the organisations stressed.

"When considering Afghanistan's development, the international community must increase the Afghan government's ability to protect and promote the human rights of all Afghans," the joint statement pointed out.

Background

The following organisations have contributed to and support this initiative: Action Aid, Afghan Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights Judges Association, Afghan Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights Lawyer and Professional Association, Afghan Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights's Network, All Afghan Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Association for Advocacy of Youths Rights, Cooperation Centre for Afghanistan (CCA), Humanitarian Assistance for the Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights and Children's rights of Afghanistan (HAWCA), medica mondiale e.V. and The Equal Rights Association.

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