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Afghanistan urged to adhere to Human Rights Charter

Afghanistan urged to adhere to Human Rights Charter

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10 Dec 2022 - 14:08
Afghanistan urged to adhere to Human Rights Charter
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10 Dec 2022 - 14:08

KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations in Afghanistan has called upon the caretaker government to live up to commitments enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights.

In a statement the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said a landmark document codifying everyone’s fundamental rights and freedoms, to which Afghanistan was a pivotal signatory and has a duty to continue to uphold.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and those who assume to govern have an immense responsibility as duty-bearers to each and every man, woman and child,” said Roza Otunbayeva, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

On this year’s Human Rights Day, the UN urges the de facto authorities to reverse the slew of edicts and practices they have introduced that restrict the basic rights of Afghans, especially those of women and girls.

This year’s Human Rights Day also marks the beginning of the countdown to the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted after a year-long consultation process involving thinkers from 60 countries. Afghanistan was among the original 48 nations to vote for the Declaration on 10 December 1948 at the UN General Assembly meeting in Paris.

Afghanistan’s de facto authorities have taken some steps seemingly aimed at the protection and promotion of human rights. These have included an amnesty for former government officials and security force members, a decree on women’s rights and a code of conduct relating to

prisoners, as well as the creation of a special commission to deal with complaints of violations of media freedoms.

Despite these, there has been a marked deterioration of the population’s enjoyment of their basic human rights and freedoms, for which the de facto authorities are responsible and accountable.

They have limited dissent by cracking down on protests and curbing media freedoms, including by arbitrarily arresting journalists, protestors and civil society activists and issuing restrictions impacting private citizens and media outlets alike. More than one month after their arrests in Kabul on 3 November, Zafira Yaqobi and four other women’s right activists remain in detention, with no clear information about the charges against them.

UNAMA has also documented cases of extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, as well as arbitrary arrests and detentions carried out by the de facto authorities, and we urge the de facto authorities to conduct thorough, impartial investigations and hold those responsible to account.


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