Press releases

  • 31 Jul 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack this morning on a bus traveling along the Kandahar-Herat Highway in Afghanistan. The Secretary-General reiterates that international humanitarian law explicitly prohibits indiscriminate attacks and attacks directed against civilians and appeals to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to uphold their obligations to protect civilians.
  • 30 Jul 2019 - KABUL - The conflict in Afghanistan continues to have a devastating impact on civilians, with the latest UN update released today documenting 3,812 civilian casualties (1,366 deaths and 2,446 injured) in the first half of 2019.
  • 29 Jul 2019 - KABUL - As the presidential election campaign period started on 28 July and runs to 25 September, all candidates and supporters are expected to engage in a fair campaign as outlined in the Election Law, the Independent Election Commission’s Code of Conduct for the candidates and regulations enacted by the Independent Election Commission.
  • 18 Jul 2019 - KABUL- With the announcement of the appointment of the new Commissioners and Ms. Shaharzad Akbar as Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, the United Nations looks forward to continuing to work closely with the AIHRC as its role in safeguarding human rights remains crucial, especially so in the context of ongoing talks around peace.
  • 03 Jul 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 1 July 2019, which resulted in at least 35 people killed and more than 70 people injured, many of them civilians, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
  • 02 Jul 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General is outraged and deeply saddened by the Taliban-claimed complex attack that took place on 1 July in a civilian-populated area of Kabul. According to preliminary findings, the explosives set off at the outset of the attack caused more than 100 civilian casualties, including women and children. The explosives also damaged schools and other civilian infrastructure in the immediate vicinity.
  • 02 Jul 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is appalled by the Taliban-claimed attack yesterday in a civilian-populated area of Kabul, where schools, homes, media outlets and other civilian facilities were immediately nearby.
  • 30 Jun 2019 - KABUL - Regarding efforts related to the upcoming presidential elections and the work to create an initial peace framework in Afghanistan, I wish to reiterate that both processes are top priorities for the United Nations.
  • 27 Jun 2019 - KABUL - Freedom of the press is critical. Civilians should never be deliberately targeted with violence. These are two fundamental principles. This week the Taliban publicly threatened to turn media outlets into military targets. I unequivocally condemn this threat and call for it to be rescinded, as words must never be met with violence. The only acceptable challenge to words is to advance a better argument.
  • 18 Jun 2019 - KABUL - Media can follow the live broadcast of the UN Security Council session on the Secretary-General’s latest report on Afghanistan on UN Web TV (, scheduled to commence Wednesday, 19 June, at 15:00 New York local time (23:30 Kabul local). The session will also be available as a viewable video clip, a few hours after the meeting, in the Web TV feed.
  • 09 Jun 2019 - “The single biggest cause of humanitarian suffering is declining compliance with international humanitarian law.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
  • 03 Jun 2019 - KABUL- As we celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr around the world after a month of fasting and worship, I wish all Afghans Eid Mubarak on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan. To allow all Afghans to commemorate this auspicious and important celebration, I strongly urge all parties to the conflict to stop violence and to respect this time of reflection and tolerance so that everybody in Afghanistan can enjoy Eid peacefully.
  • 26 May 2019 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan expresses grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed. Reports also indicate that detainees were held in poor conditions and made to do forced labour.
  • 25 May 2019 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) remains concerned about the continuing heavy toll on civilians from the conflict taking place during the holy month of Ramadan, and urges parties to do more to prevent harm. UNAMA condemns anti-government elements for incidents in which civilians have been deliberately targeted.