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UN wants Afghan women’s full participation in polls

UN wants Afghan women’s full participation in polls

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN on Sunday welcomed Afghanistaninfo-icon’s broad-ranging pledges to promote human rights and reinforce its national protection system, including complaint mechanisms and judicial redress.

The top UN diplomat in Afghanistan also promised help in ensuring fair trial standards, legislation and policies that promoted accountability and reparations for victims.

Marking International Human Rights Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) underlined the enduring importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and welcomes Afghanistan’s renewed commitments to the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms.

At an event held in Kabul, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto congratulated the Afghan government on being elected as member of the Human Rights Council.

“This membership recognises the achievements reached in past years and should encourage our continued collective work toward the full realisation of all civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights in Afghanistan,” he said.

“The challenges remain daunting, but the United Nations remains steadfast in working closely with all Afghan institutions in overcoming them.”

In a statement, the UNAMA head said: “It is my honour to stand in solidarity with Afghan victims, and add my voice to their call for accountability, so that the violations come to an end, perpetrators are held accountable and the rule of law prevails.”

He also praised Afghanistan’s new Penal Code as a milestone in its criminal justice reform and a positive impetus for the further transformation of Afghan societyinfo-icon.

He maintained the protection of human rights relied on laws that not only reflected the state of society but also shaped it toward a better future where the most vulnerable were shielded from abuse.

“It is my conviction that the provisions of the new Penal Code will contribute significantly to such progress.”

Yamamoto also spoke about the fundamental right of Afghan womeninfo-icon to participate fully in next year’s elections. “The UN will work diligently to ensure that women can take part in the elections as voters, campaigners, electoral officials and candidates.”

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