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Real civil society reps not invited to Bonn conference: ACCJBy Khwaja Baseer Ahmad Oct 29, 2011 - 19:25
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Civil Society Coordination Jirga (ACCJ) chief on Saturday said some individuals selected through a ballot process for participation in the second Bonn conference were not real civil society representatives.
The 270-member ACCJ was established in August this year. Based on a ballot process, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) had picked 34 representatives from Afghan civil society organisations for taking part in the conference.
ACCJ chief Abdul Rahman Hotaki told a news conference the representatives should have been selected from organisations registered with the government. He claimed none of their member organisations had been invited to contest the election.
The foreign ministry had previously announced that national reconciliation, good governance, preparation and signing of agreements with foreign countries were part of the agenda for the Bonn conference, scheduled to take place in Germany on December 5.
Hotaki warned of staging country-wide demonstrations if changes were not made to the selection of representatives from civil society organisations. The government has said it is committed to civil society members' participation in the conference.