Afghanistan Presents its National Report to the Second Cycle of the UPR Working Group
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The eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group under its second cycle was held from 27 January to 7 February during which New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Cambodia, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, the Dominican Republic and Viet Nam were reviewed.
Afghanistan’s review scheduled on 27th of January was presented by Afghan delegation headed by Mr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, Senior Advisor of Ministry of Justice. The Troikas for Afghanistan were United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Benin who acted as rapporteurs. During the interactive dialogue on Afghanistan 89 States presented their statements, questions and recommendations.
While acknowledging the current challenges Afghanistan is facing, most of countries that participated in the interactive dialogue on Afghanistan commended the Government of Afghanistan for its active role in protecting and promoting the Human Rights of its citizen and appreciated all policies and strategies developed by the Government to advance the right to health including the development of a public health program entitled as “Health for All Afghans”. States also praised the Government of Afghanistan for developing a national action plan on women, peace and security for post 2014 and adopting additional measures for greater participation and protection of women.
Afghanistan received a total of 222 recommendations, out of which it accepted 178 recommendations, rejected 12 recommendations and the remaining recommendations will be soon considered by the Government of Afghanistan and will report back to the Human Rights Council.
The Adoption of the draft report of the UPR Working Group on Afghanistan was successfully adopted on Friday, 31st January 2014.
IOM Launches Report on Transition, Crisis and Mobility in Afghanistan: Rhetoric and Reality
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International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched its report on Transition, Crisis and Mobility in Afghanistan: Rhetoric and Reality on 20th January 2014.
Dr. Nanguyalai Tarzi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UNOG and other International Organizations in Geneva in his opening remarks appreciated the IOM’s cooperation and contribution to the country’s development and stated that Afghans will always remember the sacrifice and efforts of the International Community in the stabilization and development of Afghanistan.
Ambassador Tarzi emphasized that Security is the main challenge of preserving the achievements of Afghanistan and continues to be the main factor for the development of the country, and the Government of Afghanistan, together with its international partners, has had many social, political and economic gains in the last 12 years.
The aim of the IOM report was to provide national, regional and international policy makers an insight on the transitions in Afghanistan over the next years, including internal and external migration consequences, and to identify strategic priorities for IOM and its partners.
The key message of the report was to bear in mind the young generations’ optimistic view about the future of Afghanistan, despite multiple challenges, and the need for additional support from the International Community during the transition period.