Afghanistan-EU Human Rights Dialogue

The Discussion on Improving Human Rights in Afghanistan

June 03rd, 2016

On June 1st 2016, the government of Afghanistan and the European Union held the second dialogue on huma rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan. The meeting covered issues on women and children’s human rights, torture, access to justice, freedom of expression and the social rights of persons with disabilities.

The dialogue was opened by the second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Sarwar Danish. The Afghan Delegation was led by H.E. Adela Raz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while the EU delegation was led by H.E. Franz-Michael Mellbin, European Union Special Representative/Head of delegation to Afghanistan. The dialogue followed the first discussion held in 2015, also discussing human rights in Afghanistan. The upcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan to be held on 4th – 5th October 2016 was also kept in mind during the discussions.

The EU welcomed the significant steps taken by the government since the human rights dialogue in 2015, including the launch of the National Action Plan for Women, new peace and security measures, the launch of the National Action Plan to Combat Torture and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Oversight Mechanism in the AIHRC.

The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasised its commitment to improving the human rights situation in Afghanistan and to launching the necessary judicial reforms. The Government of Afghanistan also thanked the EU and its member states for their generous support of human rights initiatives in Afghanistan. The EU emphasised its commitment to helping to strengthen human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, and encouraged the Government of Afghanistan to continue its efforts to improve the human rights situation, implement reforms and ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. The next human rights dialogue between Afghanistan and the European Union is scheduled to take place in Kabul in 2017.

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Aira Lukka, CD-News