Press releases

  • 05 Jun 2018 - KABUL - The attack against a group of religious leaders peacefully gathered in Kabul to issue a joint declaration that would contribute to a safer and more secure Afghanistan is totally unacceptable. I am outraged by this attack and condemn it. I continue to be outraged at those extremist groups seeking to derail efforts made in the interest of peace.
  • 05 Jun 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack in Kabul today that targeted religious scholars, who had gathered from across the country to promote peace in Afghanistan. A number of civilian causalities are reported. The Secretary-General reiterates that no cause can justify such violence. Targeting civilians in this way is a clear violation of international law, including international human rights law.
  • 29 May 2018 - KABUL - A law on the elimination of violence against women has been in place in Afghanistan since 2009, but Afghan women’s access to justice remains severely inadequate, finds a new report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • 24 May 2018 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan welcomes the release in Kabul of a colleague and her child held hostage since January, while expressing outrage at their abduction and the earlier murder of another colleague who was also seized during the same incident. The release of the woman and her young son is of enormous relief to their loved ones, colleagues and to the entire UN family in Afghanistan.
  • 19 May 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Attacks targeting civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified.  The United Nations maintains that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
  • 19 May 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the attack in Jalalabad that killed at least eight civilians and injured at least 55.
  • 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.