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In Kabul, top United Nations and Afghan officials called for institutional and policy reform to better protect women victims of violence, and urged prosecution, rather than mediation, for major crimes. Photos: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
PRESS RELEASE: Reforms needed to ensure justice for women victims of violence

KABUL/GENEVA, 19 APRIL 2015 – Access to justice for women victims of violence in Afghanistan needs to be strengthened, a new UN report has urged. The report states that while there is a legal framework in place for such cases, there remain many factors hindering access to justice and redress for such women, in particular the lack of available civil remedies.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA welcomes lawmakers approval of ministers to Afghan cabinet

KABUL, 18 April 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today’s approval of 16 ministers to the country’s national unity Government by lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the National Assembly.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA condemns attack killing 35 Afghans, injuring more than 100

KABUL, 18 April 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the suicide attack that took place this morning near a branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, and killed at least 35 Afghans and injured more than 100, including civilians. 

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Education for girls the focus of workshop on sustainable development

PAKTIKA, 16 April 2015 – At a UN-backed workshop in Paktika, religious scholars and community leaders identified illiteracy as a significant barrier to the eastern province’s development, and called on women and girls to focus on education in the interest of achieving sustainable development.

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UN-backed television series focuses on rights of Afghans

KUNDUZ, 14 April 2015 – Helping to bridge the gap between Afghanistan’s legal institutions and people seeking recourse to justice, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) launched a television series this month in the northeast of the country.

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PRESS RELEASE: Latest UNAMA figures show continuing record high civilian casualties
KABUL, 12 April 2015 – Latest figures from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show a continuing trend of record high civilian casualties, with deaths and injuries from ground engagements in Afghanistan remaining the leading cause.
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Afghan women discuss media issues in Nangarhar

NANGARHAR, 12 April 2015 – At a United Nations-backed seminar, women journalists in the eastern region of Afghanistan voiced concern over security issues and other challenges confronting members of the media, especially women journalists, who say security problems and cultural constraints are hindering their ability to report on political and social developments.

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United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović in Jalalabad today met with the city's political, police and military officials to discuss security and the impact on civilians in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.
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