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Situation of human rights in Afghanistan, and technical assistance achievements in the field of human rights: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/43/74)

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Summary

In the present report, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights describes the situation of human rights in Afghanistan from 1 January to 30 November 2019, and provides an overview of the work, including technical assistance, conducted by the Human Rights Service of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report focuses on the five principal areas of work of the Human Rights Service: the protection of civilians in armed conflict; children and armed conflict; the elimination of violence against women and the promotion of women’s rights; the prevention of torture and respect for procedural safeguards; and civic space and the integration of human rights into peace and reconciliation processes. The High Commissioner highlights the technical assistance provided by the Human Rights Service and the achievements under these areas.

The High Commissioner concludes the report with concrete recommendations for the Government, anti-government elements and the international community.

I. Introduction

  1. The present report, prepared in cooperation with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA and submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its decision 2/113 and resolution 14/15, covers the period between 1 January and 30 November 2019.

  2. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights focuses on the five priority areas of work of the UNAMA Human Rights Service, namely the protection of civilians in armed conflict; children and armed conflict; the elimination of violence against women and the promotion of women’s rights; the prevention of torture and respect for procedural safeguards; and civic space and the integration of human rights into peace and reconciliation processes.

  3. During the period under review, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) continued to provide technical and financial support to the UNAMA Human Rights Service.