Press releases

  • 16 May 2018 - KABUL - As the Islamic month of Ramadan begins, I would like to extend, on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, warmest wishes to all Afghans in the country and abroad. The coming weeks will be a special time of prayer and reflection for Afghans, and a time of contemplation and compassion to reflect on the condition of those who have been affected by the prolonged conflict in the country.
  • 15 May 2018 - KABUL - Adopting a new anti-corruption strategy and implementing several initiatives in a broad anti-corruption agenda demonstrate Afghanistan’s commitment to countering corruption, finds a new United Nations report released today.
  • 11 May 2018 - NEW YORK/GENEVA/KABUL  - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour has welcomed what he called the “undeniable commitment” by the Afghan Government to improve what has long been a dire human rights situation.
  • 10 May 2018 - KABUL - A new report released today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) details a disturbing pattern of attacks at election-related facilities following the commencement of voter registration for the October 2018 polls.
  • 07 May 2018 - KABUL - In a new report on the 2 April 2018 airstrikes in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, UNAMA presents its findings, including verification of 107 casualties (36 killed and 71 injured), of which 81 were children, although the report notes that UNAMA received additional credible information indicating higher figures.
  • 06 May 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack today on a mosque being used as a voter registration center in Khost Province, Afghanistan. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. The Secretary-General extends his solidarity to Afghan citizens seeking to exercise their constitutional rights and take part in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
  • 02 May 2018 - KABUL - On World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations congratulates Afghanistan for its progress toward a free and open media, which has been hailed as one of the country’s most notable accomplishments.
  • 01 May 2018 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in both Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan, on 30 April, which resulted in at least 41 people killed and 45 injured, including women, children, emergency responders, journalists and media workers, for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.
  • 01 May 2018 - GENEVA - The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression condemned in the strongest possible terms the killing of nine journalists covering an attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, and called on the Government, with the assistance of the international community, to bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • 30 Apr 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General is outraged by the series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan today. The attacks in Kabul and Kandahar caused numerous casualties among civilians, emergency responders, and school children. The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work. Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to justice. 
  • 30 Apr 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attacks carried out in a Kabul neighbourhood heavily populated by civilians. Initial reports indicate that at least 14 civilians were killed and at least 30 civilians were injured in two attacks, with the second attack timed 30 minutes later to target journalists arriving on the scene and emergency services personnel seeking to provide aid to victims of the first attack.
  • 24 Apr 2018 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place at a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 22 April, which resulted in at least 50 people killed and 100 injured, for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.
  • 23 Apr 2018 - NEW YORK -The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack on a voter registration centre in Kabul which claimed the lives of many civilians.Those who were behind this attack must be swiftly brought to justice. They must not be allowed to succeed in deterring Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in forthcoming elections.
  • 22 Apr 2018 - KABUL – The United Nations in Afghanistan condemns today’s suicide attack in Kabul at an election-related facility that initial reports indicate claimed the lives of at least 31 civilians, with more than 50 others injured.