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The latest publications, news, and events from the GFA team 

Articles, interviews, reports, press releases, and media events on Afghanistan.

ALERTS: Afghanistan
International and Diplomatic Events
Alert -- July 16, 2024

Look Ahead

 

July-October

  • On July 19, the UN Security Council will meet on the cooperation between the UN and regional organizations with a focus on the role of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), of immediate relevance to Afghanistan.

  • September 2024, the Security Council will hold its quarterly briefing on the status of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA.

 

  • In October 2024, the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee is scheduled to discuss a draft of the new Crimes Against Humanity Treaty, which will debate including gender apartheid as a crime against humanity. 

 

  • November 2024, the UN Credentials Committee, of which China, Russia, and the United States are permanent members along with six elected members, must rule on the Taliban’s application to assume Afghanistan’s seat at the General Assembly.

 

Past Events

 

  • On July 11 Saudi Arabia’s non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan visited Kabul and met with the de facto Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi. In June, de facto Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani received an exemption to travel to Saudi Arabia, where he met with senior officials and attended Haj, as well as visiting the United Arab Emirates.

  • On July 8 the Sanctions committee for UNSCR 1988 Monitoring Team issued its annual report on “the Taliban and other associated individuals and entities constituting a threat to the peace stability and security of Afghanistan.” The report makes it clear that Al Qaeda, the TTP, ISIS-K, and other terrorist groups are operating in Afghanistan with either Taliban agreement or failure to address the threats that are posed to regional security.

  • At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana July 3-4 for Heads of State, to which Afghanistan representatives were not invited, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need for an inclusive Afghan government respecting human rights for sustainable peace; Pakistan urged the Taliban to prevent Afghan soil from being used by terrorists; while SCO members supported Tajikistan's idea of a security belt around Afghanistan.

 

  • June 30-July 1: Doha 3/Special Representatives met on Afghanistan with UN Under Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and representatives from the Taliban. Due to the Taliban’s demands, backed up by some Member States, no members of Afghanistan’s opposition or civil society were invited. The agenda was limited to financial and banking-related problems facing Afghanistan, alternative livelihoods for poppy growers, and climate change impacts on the country. The meeting does not imply recognition of the Taliban, the UN has emphasized.

  • The 4th round of the Vienna Afghan conference was held on 24-26 June, with an increasing number of participants (over 70) representing a wider range of Afghanistan groups. A roadmap for cooperation among members of the political opposition has not been finalized.

  • June 21, the Security Council held its quarterly open briefing on Afghanistan. Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Roza Otunbayeva, Lisa Doughten from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Manizha Wafek, former Director of the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce, briefed the Council. Dougthten noted that the UN has only received 21 percent of its appeal to help alleviate hunger and other areas of need. Wafeq criticized then upcoming Doha meeting as excluding women, and said that the Taliban have destroyed the economy by preventing inclusive government and participation of women. France’s Deputy Permanent Representative termed the situation systematic segregation in her statement.

  • June 18: At the regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Richard Bennett issued his report and addressed the Council on June 18, calling for an “all tools” approach to fighting gender apartheid in Afghanistan.

Related Messaging

  • Afghanistan is not at peace under the Taliban: terrorist groups have safe haven, women and other citizens face increased domestic violence, arrests, and killings

  • At future Doha meetings human rights need to be central to the agenda, and non-Taliban voices of Afghanistan must be heard #afghanhumanrights #Listen2AfghanWomen

  • Gender apartheid must end in Afghanistan: #endgenderapartheid

  • UNAMA should promote human rights and the voices of all Afghans

ALERTS: Afghanistan
International and Diplomatic Events
Alert -- June 10, 2024

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Look-Ahead
  • Key Event:  June 30-July 1: UN Under Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo will convene Special Representatives from about 20 countries for the “Doha 3” meeting, to discuss the political road map and appointment of a Special Envoy, as called for in the Independent Assessment report of November 2023.

    • The Doha 3 agenda appears to be limited to financial and banking-related problems facing Afghanistan, alternative livelihoods for poppy growers, and climate change impacts on the country.

    • In late May DiCarlo traveled to Kabul and invited the Taliban to participate. They set conditions for attendance, including the exclusion of Afghan civil society representatives and the topic of human rights. The UN spokesman stated on May 28 that human rights and women’s rights are important priorities for Doha 3.

    • In early June, Sirajuddin Haqqani met with officials in the United Arab Emirates.

    • US Special Representative Tom West and Special Representative Rina Amiri met with UAE officials in late May and EU Special Representative Niklasson met with Qatari officials on May 31.

 

  • June (release date is unannounced): the UN Security Council Resolution 1988 Monitoring Team on sanctions against the Taliban will issue its annual report.

https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/sanctions/1988/monitoring-team/reports

  • June 18-July 12: UN Human Rights Council in Geneva holds its regular session. Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan Human Rights Richard Bennett will issue his report on June 18 and will highlight gender persecution.

  • June 21, UN Security Council quarterly open briefing on UNAMA, at which Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Roza Otunbayeva and a representative of civil society are expected to brief, followed by closed consultations among Council members. As required by UNSC Resolution 2615, Martin Griffiths, UN Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, will brief the Council on the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

  • June 26: UN Security Council holds its Thematic Debate on children and armed conflict, with relevance to the issue of threats to children in Afghanistan.

  • By the end of June, Security Council members must renew the 1267/1989/2253 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions regimes.

  • Before September 2024, the UN Credentials Committee must rule on the Taliban’s application to assume Afghanistan’s UN seat.

  • In October 2024, the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee is scheduled to discuss a draft of the new Crimes Against Humanity Treaty that includes gender apartheid as a potential crime against humanity. 

Back-brief

  • The UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva’s Universal Periodic Review session from April 29-May 10 featured a review of the human rights situation in Afghanistan, spotlighting the ongoing abuses, gender apartheid, and lack of representation by Afghan citizens in their own government.

  • On June 3, the OSCE Asian Partners for Co-operation Group held a special meeting in Vienna to address Afghan women’s rights, as an urgent issue with significant implications for both regional and global stability.

  • Starting June 5, Taliban leaders, including Sirajuddin Haqqani, received UN Security Council waivers of their travel ban (under UNSCR 1988) to perform Hajj.

Ø  Russia and the region send mixed signals:

o   The 83rd meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's (CSTO) Defense Council met in Almaty at the end of May. At that meeting Russia highlighted the continuous threat posed by numerous radical groups within Afghanistan to the neighboring republics.

o   June 8-9, the Regional Contact Group [aka the Moscow Process] met in Tehran without Taliban attendance. Public statements focused on the need for an inclusive Afghan government. China, Russia, Iran, and Pakistan attended, with the intention of strengthening a regional approach to the Doha meeting June 30.

o   Numerous news stories have floated the possibility of Russian President Putin approving a delisting of the Taliban from a Russian list of ‘banned groups’ based on the reality of their hold on power; on June 4 he noted the importance of finding a way to work with the Taliban.

o   Kazakhstan removed the Taliban from their terrorist list on June 3.

o   June 5-8, Abdul Manan Omari, “Minister” of Labor and Social Affairs, attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, and on June 9, Afghanistan “Minister” for Higher Education attended a global education summit in Russia.

o   In late May at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s foreign minister meeting, to which the Taliban was not invited, Chinese FM called for cooperation with the Taliban against terrorism.

Related Messaging

  • At the UN meeting in Doha June 30-July 1, human rights must be central to the agenda and any engagement with the Taliban, and non-Taliban voices of Afghanistan must be heard #afghanhumanrights #Listen2AfghanWomen

  • Gender apartheid in Afghanistan is a crime against humanity: #endgenderapartheid

  • Afghanistan is not at peace or stable under the Taliban: women are subject to increased violence, citizens face unlawful killings and arrests, & terrorist groups have safe haven

 

  • UNAMA must promote human rights and the voices of all Afghans

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CONTACT INFORMATION
If you want to submit evidence of human rights incidents in Afghanistan. Please contact UN representatives on the following email address:
hrc-sr-afghanistan@un.org
Click on the United Nations website below for more information:
OHCHR | Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan
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Mr. Richard Bennett

Resources4Afghans
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USA Hello's Afghan Resource Center offers practical information and resources for newly arriving Afghans to the USA.

Find information in English, Dari, or Pashto on services and benefits, immigration, jobs, daily life, American culture, U.S. laws, money, health, and education. Use their FindHello app to connect to local services in cities across the country. Find help for every status including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), refugees, and people with humanitarian parole.

Click on the logo above for more information.

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The British Red Cross is working with Afghans coming to the United Kingdom. 

Their site contains resources for Afghans looking for information on how to adapt to life in the UK. It's also a good resource for health and wellbeing. The British Red Cross is also providing translators.

The site which is in English, Dari, and Pashto guides you through the British government's Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and the Afghan Relocations & Assistance Policy (ARAP) Scheme. ARAP is to help Afghans that worked with the UK government or Armed Forces in Afghanistan. 

Click on the logo above for more information. 


 

Global resources and information on the situation in #Afghanistan

Afghan Peace Watch

 

Report on threats to former Afghan security and civilian personnel:

 

 

News and Briefings:

 

 

 

 

Afghan Witness: Human Rights Reporting from Afghanistan

 

For witnesses to human rights violations and journalists:

 

 

Reports on security and threats to women and girls:

 

 

 

Individual stories covering journalists, judges, prosecutors, civil servants, aid workers, doctors, LGBTQ+ individuals, human and women’s rights defenders and entrepreneurs:

 

 

Human Rights Watch (Afghanistan)

 

Reports and videos on human rights violations targeting:

 

 

 

 

News and Briefings

 

 

 

 

 

 

UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

 

Report on threats to women, journalists and religious and ethnic minorities:

 

To report human rights concerns in Afghanistan with confidentiality. Please contact the following email:

hrc-sr-afghanistan@un.org

 

Updates and Urgent UN Debates

 

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Global Friends of Afghanistan welcomes, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken creating the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience (AWER).

 

"AWER is a new public-private partnership between the Department of State and Boston University that aims to catalyze business, philanthropic, and civil society commitments to advance Afghan women’s entrepreneurship, employment, and educational opportunities in Afghanistan and third countries."

This is a great move for the Afghan people. 

Secretary of State Blinken Launches Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience - United States Department of State

For more details about AWER please contact Radhika Prabhu, PrabhuRG@state.gov

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