Rabbani vows to improve human rights, judicial reform
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani has said on Monday his government is committed to improve the human rights situation in Afghanistan and to launch the necessary judicial reform.
He expressed these views in a joint Afghanistan and the European Union (EU) first human rights dialogue in Kabul.
In a statement, the EU welcomed some significant steps taken by the government in 2015, including the adoption of the National Plan for Women, Peace and Security and the National Action Plan to Combat Torture.
The dialogue started with the opening remarks of Rabbani. The Afghan delegation was led by Atiqullah Atifmal, deputy minister of foreign affairs, and the EU delegation was led by Franz- Michael Mellbin, EU Special Representative/Head of Delegation to Afghanistan.
The Afghan delegation consisted of representatives on Deputy Minister level. The EU Member States participated on Ambassadors level. The dialogue allowed for an open exchange of views on the human rights situation in Afghanistan and on cooperation between the EU and Afghanistan in the field of human rights and rule of law.
A statement said that constructive discussions were held on a range of issues, including women’s rights, children’s rights, death penalty, torture, access to justice, freedom of expression and the rights of socially vulnerable and persons with disabilities.
Afghanistan was committed to implement its national and international obligations. This commitment is evident on national level in the provisions of the democratically adopted Constitution of the country and various laws, policies and plans that have been enacted in accordance with the Constitution and international obligations.
The EU emphasized its commitment to help strengthen human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, and encouraged Afghanistan to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.
The next human rights dialogue between Afghanistan and the EU should be held in Kabul in 2016.
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