Safeguard fundamental freedoms, UN urges Afghan govt
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday encouraged the authorities to continue their work to promote human rights and safeguard the fundamental freedoms of all Afghans.
This year’s Human Rights Day also marks the 50th anniversary year of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
The landmark treaties apply to everyone, everywhere, at all times and encompass the fundamental freedoms upheld in the constitution of Afghanistan and domestic laws.
Universal human rights includes gender equality, freedom from discrimination, freedom from torture and inhumane treatment and the right to education and health care. Afghanistan ratified the ICCPR and ICESCR in 1983.
During the 16 Days of Activism period, horrific incidents of violence against women continued, including the stoning to death of a woman in Ghor province and two additional cases of attempted stoning in Ghor and Jawzjan.
In a statement, UNAMA said the incidents highlighted the need for urgent and sustained engagement by state and non-state actors, as well as the donor community to end violence against women.
The mission also urged engagement to address the inter-connected violations against women such as denial of health care and education and restrictions on the freedom of movement.
“These violations were captured by research conducted by UNAMA in 2015, whereby consultations with women in several insecure locations assessed how conflict impacts their lives. UNAMA will publicly release these findings in early 2016.”
While welcoming the government’s efforts to protect the fundamental freedoms enshrined in human rights treaties, the mission said it encouraged continued work to translate commitments into effective actions.
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