Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group held its seventeenth session
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The Seventeenth session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group was held from 21 October 2013 to 01 November 2013 examining the human rights records of 15 States. The States under review by the Universal Period Review working group were Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta. The States under review presented their efforts in fulfilling their human rights obligations and commitments considering both positive developments as well as identifying their challenges. During the interactive dialogue between the country under review and the human rights council, States posed their questions and recommendations. Every State was facilitated with three troika member, from different regional groups, served as rapporteurs and were charged with preparing the reports.
Afghanistan participated in the interactive dialogues for Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia and Jordan by commending their efforts to implement the recommendations they have accepted in the first cycle of UPR. Afghanistan commended the government of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for implementing the recommendations it has accepted during the first cycle of UPR and appreciated the Kingdom’s accession to a number of International Human Rights Conventions, establishment of the National Anti Corruption Commission, the Standing Committee on Trafficking Person as well as the efforts to freedom of opinion and expression. Considering the recent progress in the Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan stated; that the recent establishment of educational institutions, increase in the enrollment of girls to schools, women’s participation in political and public life are clear indication of the government of the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia to promote and protect the human rights of its citizens.
Afghanistan acknowledged the comprehensive presentation by the Chinese delegation and commended the country for its efforts in promoting Human Rights awareness by incorporating Human Rights education in School curriculum. Afghanistan recommended to China to concentrate on the implementation of the international human rights instruments and coveted the government and people of China all the possible success in their efforts to the promotion and protection of Human rights.
Afghanistan applauded the friendly government of Malaysia for its efforts in the promotion and protection of the people with disabilities and recommended to Malaysia to consider improving the existing administrative framework to better manage and process refugees and asylum in the country and continue to speed up its efforts toward accession to the Rome Statute.
Afghanistan commended Jordan for its cooperation with the international human rights bodies and appreciated its efforts to empower the rights of women and children’s rights. Afghanistan recommended the government of Jordan to continue to conduct outreach activities to raise the awareness of people on human rights.
The report of the working group for Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico and Mauritius were adopted on 25th of October. Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize and Chad were adopted on 31st of October; whereas the adoption of report for Israel, Congo and Malta took place on the last day of the session 1st of November 2013.
Minister Anwary attended 64th annual Executive Committee Meeting of UNHCR
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H.E. Dr. Jamaher Anwary, Minister of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) headed the Afghan delegation to the 64th annual Executive Committee (ExCom) Meeting of UNHCR held from 30 September to 4 October 2013 in Geneva.
The 64th Session began with a High-Level Segment on Solidarity and burden-sharing with countries hosting Syrian Refugees such as Jordon, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. The high level segment agenda consisted of discussions on various humanitarian issues related to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced (IDPs), stateless persons, protection of the people of concerned and UNHCR’s internal audit, accounting and budgetary issues.
H. E. Dr. Anwary, Minister of Refugees and Repatriations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the ExCom on 1October 2013 discussed the situation of Afghan refugees and expressed his gratitude to the Government of Iran and Pakistan for their hospitality to host a significant number of Afghan refugees.
H. E. Dr. Anwary recognized that voluntary repatriation is decreasing and emphasized that the implementation of the long term economic and social development programs will be key to further voluntary repatriation and stabilizing population.
On the sideline of the ExCom, on 2 October 2013 a Consultative Session on the SSAR was held in which achievements, challenges and opportunities of SSAR Implementation were discussed with International partners.
Afghan delegation also held important bilateral meetings with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the delegation of Australia in which issues related to Afghan refugees and returnees were discussed.
The Human Rights Council 24th Session
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The 24th session of the Human Rights Council was held from 9th to 27th of September 2013, bringing together once again all member and observer states to discuss the on-going human rights issues and challenges around the world. A particular attention was given to the violation of human rights in Syria. Other issues such as human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Children in the armed conflict, the human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty, right to development, and the role of Civil Society organizations were the issues that were discussed in several by states and NGOs representing at the council.
The question of the death penalty was the title of a report which the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights presented to the Human Rights Council wherein the high commissioner voiced her concern on the execution of eight people to death in Afghanistan in 2012. Afghan delegation mad a statement afterward in which emphasized on the transparency of the execution process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and had referred to the report highlighting that eight out of 250 prisoners sentenced to death were executed who were repeat offenders and committed the most severe crimes; that included the terrorist who murdered 40 civilians in an attack on Kabul Bank. The Afghan delegation expressed that Afghanistan is committed to its international obligation and believes that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his/her life.
Furthermore, the Human Right Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. During the adoption of the outcome of the review of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Turkenistan and Uzbekistan Afghan delegation made statements commending those countries active participation during the review and wished them well in implementing the recommendations.