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Afghan civilian casualties remain at record levels in 2015, according to UNAMA’s Midyear Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. #AreYouACivilian?
PRESS RELEASE: Civilian casualties remain at record high levels in first half of 2015

KABUL, 5 August 2015 – The Afghan conflict continued to exact a heavy toll on Afghan civilians in the first six months of 2015, with civilian casualties projected to equal or exceed the record high numbers documented in 2014, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.

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Event highlights importance of EVAW law, public awareness

KANDAHAR, 30 July 2015 – Greater protection of women from violence and legal action against perpetrators of violence should be among the key benefits of Afghanistan’s Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law, according to panelists at a UN-backed event in Kandahar.  

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Experts consider challenges, solutions to women’s justice access

BAMYAN, 28 July 2015 – Improving Afghan women’s access to justice was the focus of discussions among rights experts at a UNAMA-organized meeting in Bamyan province.


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Region should be extending Afghanistan support, says top UN envoy

MAIMANA, 23 July 2015 – Identifying Afghanistan’s security challenges as a “regional phenomenon,” the top UN envoy in the country called for the region to extend to Afghans the support they need to confront what he called “significant challenges.”

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Building trust in Afghan elections the goal of new reform commission

KABUL, 23 July 2015 – Eliminating fraud and building trust in Afghan elections are the objectives of a newly established electoral reform body, said one of its members at a Kabul press conference today.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA condemns killing of civilians in northern Afghanistan

KABUL, 22 July 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the killing today of at least 19 civilians and the injuring of at least 28 at a bombing in the Almar district of Faryab province.

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Women’s role in Afghan politics the focus of new UN radio show

KABUL, 21 July 2015 – The importance of enhancing women’s political role in Afghanistan, particularly in peace talks, was highlighted in a new UN radio programme broadcast today.

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