UN expert due to assess human rights situation of IDPs
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations (UN) expert Chaloka Beyani would visit Afghanistan from 11 to 21 October to assess the human rights situation of internally displaced persons as fears grow that one million more could be displaced internally and across borders by the end of the year, According to a statement.
“I visited Afghanistan in July 2012 to assist the Government to develop a policy for internally displaced persons,” said Mr. Beyani, the UN Special expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
The new visit would provide a timely opportunity to consider how that policy had been implemented as well as to assess ongoing and new challenges relating to internal displacement,” he said.
“As winter approaches it brings new challenges for IDPs and ongoing conflict is causing further mass displacement. I will visit displaced communities to assess their immediate humanitarian and protection needs,” stated the expert, who will visit Kabul and several IDP locations around the country.
“I will also consider essential steps required to promote recovery and achieve durable solutions, particularly for those in protracted displacement.”
More than 1.1 million people have been displaced by the conflict over the last 15 years including over 277,331 people in 2016 alone. A recent influx of Afghan returnees, many from Pakistan, has increased pressure on the Government and humanitarian partners to assist and resettle hundreds of thousands of more people in need.
The expert would meet senior Government officials, United Nations and other humanitarian partners, civil society and the diplomatic community.
Mr. Beyani would present his preliminary findings in statement at the end of his visit. His full findings would be included in a report to the Human Rights Council in June 2017.
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