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Afghan journalist safety group records 60 per cent rise in violence against media personnel

21 August 2013 – An Afghan journalist safety group said today it documented a 60 per cent increase in the cases of violence against journalists during the first six months of this year.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UN concerned by harassment of New York Times reporter
KABUL, 20 August 2014 - The United Nations expresses its concern over the acts of intimidation against New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN condemns yesterday’s clash and interruption to audit
KABUL, 20 August 2014 - The United Nations expresses concern about yesterday’s clash between supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team and workers from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) that left several people hurt at the audit centre compound in Kabul. This is not the first case in which representatives of the campaign teams have engaged in heated exchanges culminating in violence.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA congratulates Afghan people on Independence Day
KABUL, 18 August 2014 - The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, congratulated the Afghan people on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of Afghanistan's independence.
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Insecurity continues to pose challenge to assisting displaced Pakistanis in eastern Afghanistan
18 August 2014 – In the aftermath of tens of thousands of Pakistani nationals being displaced into the Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika, the United Nations agency coordinating humanitarian efforts there has said that access continues to be a challenge due to insecurity.
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PRESS STATEMENT: United Nations welcomes improvements to the audit process
KABUL, 17 August 2014 - The United Nations welcomes the updates and refinements made to the ongoing comprehensive audit of the results of Afghanistan's Presidential run-off election.
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Improving mental health among Afghan youth highlighted on International Youth Day
12 August 2014 – Highlighting the need for improving mental health among Afghanistan’s youth, a United Nations official today said that mental health conditions – driven by decades of insecurity, violence, poverty and unemployment – have left their mark on generations of the country's youth.
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UN has got the "balance right" in supporting Afghanistan’s complex poll audit process – UN official
11 August 2014 – Ahead of the expected arrival later this week of some 50 additional United Nations election advisors to help Afghan authorities with the ongoing comprehensive audit of the ballots cast in Afghanistan’s Presidential run-off elections, a senior UN official has said that the world body has got the "balance right" while playing its “tiebreaker” role in the process.
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IOM raising awareness on hazards of irregular migration
7 August 2014 – A United Nations-affiliated body responsible for promoting humane and orderly migration is supporting a nationwide campaign to raise awareness among Afghans population – particularly Afghan youth – about the hazards and difficulties related to irregular migration.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA expresses condolences over attack on international and Afghan troops
KABUL, 5 August 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses its sincere condolences and sympathies to the families and colleagues of international and Afghan troops killed and wounded in an incident near Kabul today.
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The number of ballot boxes audited from the Presidential run-off election approached the two-thirds mark Friday. The United Nations team of more than 160 electoral advisors are working with partners to safeguard a high quality and expeditious audit. The UN has brought together a team of some of the world’s most experienced and respected election experts in order to effectively supervise the unprecedented scale and depth of the audit.
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UNAMA Human rights officers conduct frequent provincial visits focusing on violence against women issues. At a UN-convened meeting in Kapisa, north of Kabul (shown here), Afghan prosecutors and human rights commission workers urged religious scholars or ‘Ulema’ to refer serious cases of violence against women – such as honour killing, burning and forced prostitution – to judicial bodies for legal prosecution and not for mediation alone to be the response. Photo: Sayed Muhammad Shah / UNAMA
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Ahead of the expected arrival later this week of some 50 additional United Nations election advisors to help Afghan authorities with the ongoing comprehensive audit of the ballots cast in Afghanistan’s Presidential run-off elections, a senior UN official has said that the world body has got the "balance right" while playing its “tiebreaker” role in the process.
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