Press releases

  • 23 Jun 2022 - Briefing to the United Nations Security Council by the Acting Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov
  • 22 Jun 2022 - NEW YORK - I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake which struck Afghanistan earlier today local time near the city of Khost.  Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and injured, and this tragic toll might continue to rise.  
  • 26 May 2022 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the recent attacks in Afghanistan, including on passenger vehicles in Mazar-e-Sharif City and the Masjid Sharif Hazrat Zakaria mosque in Kabul City, which have claimed the lives of numerous civilians, among them members of the Hazara Shia community and at least 16 children.  
  • 24 May 2022 - The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern regarding the increasing erosion of respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls in Afghanistan by the Taliban, including through imposition of restrictions that limit access to education, employment, freedom of movement, and women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in public life, and emphasized that these restrictions contradict the expectations of the international community and the commitments m
  • 07 May 2022 - KABUL - UNAMA is deeply concerned with today’s announcement by the Taliban de facto authorities that all women must cover their faces in public, that women should only leave their homes in cases of necessity, and that violations of this directive will lead to the punishment of their male relatives.
  • 03 May 2022 - KABUL - On World Press Freedom Day this year, we recognise that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.  These freedoms are also contained in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Righ
  • 29 Apr 2022 - KABUL – The United Nations in Afghanistan condemns in the strongest terms today’s deadly attack in a Sufi Mosque in the Darulaman area of Kabul, which reportedly resulted in scores dead and wounded.
  • 22 Apr 2022 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the multiple attacks yesterday in Afghanistan, including on the Seh Dokan mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif during prayers. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a swift recovery to those injured.
  • 20 Apr 2022 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrendous terrorist attack against the Abdul Rahim-e Shahid High School and Mumtaz Education Centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul, Afghanistan, on 19 April 2022.
  • 31 Mar 2022 - Afghanistan is trapped in a humanitarian crisis with 23 million people facing acute food insecurity. We need to act now to stop the situation from getting worse Humanitarian agencies have scaled up assistance and are ready to expand, stressing the central role of women in delivering aid
  • 28 Mar 2022 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council heard a briefing on 25 March by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, regarding the right to education for all Afghans, including girls.
  • 23 Mar 2022 - NEW YORK - I deeply regret today’s announcement by Taliban authorities in Afghanistan that girls’ education from the sixth grade has been suspended until further notice.   
  • 17 Mar 2022 - NEW YORK - The mandate of the UN Special Political Mission was today extended for a further 12 months. Read Security Council Resolution 2626 (2022).
  • 08 Mar 2022 - KABUL - On International Women’s Day, the United Nations in Afghanistan stands by Afghan women and girls as they face the consequences of multiple crises, combined with entrenched gender inequality and discrimination, with courage and perseverance.