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UNDP underlines protection of Human Rights

UNDP underlines protection of Human Rights

Dec 10, 2014 - 14:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In observation of the Human Rights Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday hosted a daylong event featuring speeches on human rights achievements in Afghanistaninfo-icon, and an entertaining and informative debate on the preservation of human rights in the country.

The event took place in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission at the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, a statement from the UNDP said.

The event was conducted together with the students from Kabul University, the statement added. The UNDP and its government partners took the opportunity to shed light on progress made in safeguarding human rights for ordinary Afghans.

“Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration continues to be an inspiration to us all in our efforts towards achieving universal enjoyment of human rights,” said Ms. Marta Ruedas, UNDP Country director in Afghanistan.

She said: “Through our Justice for Human Rights in Afghanistan project, UNDP works with the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the civil societyinfo-icon to strengthen the legal framework for human rights in Afghanistan and raise people’s awareness about their rights and how to access justice.”

The debate, facilitated by Kabul Debate Club in British Parliamentary Style, brought together two opposing teams to discuss a human rights situation in Afghanistan in the presence of over 150 students from Kabul University.

“Today’s occasion is of utmost importance because it demonstrates the commitment of the national and international community to upholding, respecting and promoting human rights,” said, Sayed Yousuf Halem, acting minister of justice.

The UNDP’s Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) project works with the Ministry of Justice and other partners to support and facilitate the implementation of the Afghan National Priority Plans on Justice and Human Rights across the country.


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