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EU vows to help strengthen rule of law in Afghanistan

EU vows to help strengthen rule of law in Afghanistan

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Dec 01, 2015 - 15:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon and the European Union have discussed the human rights situation in the country and cooperation on rule of law, the two sides said on Tuesday.

At a follow-up meeting on the Afghanistan-EU Human Rights Dialogue, constructive discussions were held on rights of womeninfo-icon, children and persons with disabilities.

Torture, access to justice and freedom of expression also came up for discussion, said a joint statement from the EU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.

The EU welcomed some significant steps taken by the government in 2015, including the launch of the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security and the National Action Plan to Combat Torture.

Afghanistan vowed to implement its national and international obligations, including the adopted of the constitution and various laws, policies and plans.

The government reiterated its commitment to improving the human rights situation and launching the necessary judicial reforms. State report to UNCAT was adopted by the steering committee.

The EU emphasised its commitment to helping strengthen human rights and rule of law in Afghanistan, and encouraged Kabul to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

It underlined the importance of the Human Rights Dialogue, whose next round is due in Kabul in the beginning of June 2016, in view of the upcoming conferences in Warsaw and Brussels.

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