Press releases

  • 04 Dec 2016 - KABUL - A new United Nations report released today indicates positive trends in Afghanistan’s juvenile detention and rehabilitation facilities while also outlining a critical need to improve in-detention education and post-rehabilitation care for young Afghans.
  • 25 Nov 2016 - KABUL - On today’s launch of “16 Days of Activism,” UN Women and UNAMA call for concerted national and international action by every member of society to help eliminate violence against women. November 25 is the first of 16 consecutive days aimed at ending violence against women and is the key time to raise awareness on the causes and consequences of gender-based violence and provoke action to end all forms of violence against women.
  • 22 Nov 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today’s appointments to electoral commissions. This signals a new phase in the rebuilding of trust in the electoral institutions and process. 
  • 21 Nov 2016 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns today’s attack in Kabul targeting civilians gathered for worship. The suicide bombing at a mosque where Shia Muslims had gathered follows two similar attacks last month. Attacks deliberately targeting civilians exercising their right to freely practice their religion are clear violations of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law.
  • 21 Nov 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attack at the Baqer-ul Ulom mosque in Kabul that killed at least 32 civilians and injured more than 50 others, many of them children. A suicide attacker detonated his body-borne improvised explosive device at the mosque, killing and maiming worshipers from the country’s Shia Muslim community.
  • 11 Nov 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemns last night’s attack against civilian residents of the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
  • 06 Nov 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is currently investigating allegations that at least 32 civilians were killed and a further 19 injured in air strikes in Kunduz city last Thursday.
  • 02 Nov 2016 - NEW YORK - Attacks on journalists violate the human rights of individuals and undermine freedom of information and expression across societies. Impunity, which makes this terrible situation worse, is rampant. Of the 827 documented killings of journalists over the past decade, the information at hand shows that only 8 percent of perpetrators were held to account.
  • 26 Oct 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns yesterday’s killing of 26 civilians by a group of armed men in Ghor province.
  • 26 Oct 2016 - KABUL - The empowerment and protection of women are essential to strategies countering violent extremism, said senior UN officials today after meeting with Afghan civil society representatives in Kabul.
  • 23 Oct 2016 - KABUL - The demand for water to support agricultural development in Afghanistan, which has been badly affected by conflict, deteriorating infrastructure and drought, often results in high-stakes water-right disputes, according to a new UNAMA report. ‘Water Rights: An Assessment of Afghanistan’s Legal Framework Governing Water for Agriculture’ outlines the importance of water to the country’s economy.
  • 19 Oct 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) renews its call for all parties to refocus their efforts on preventing harm to civilians, as latest figures released today by UNAMA for the first three quarters of 2016 show continuing high numbers of civilian casualties from the armed conflict.
  • 18 Oct 2016 - KABUL – The fundamental human rights of all Afghans must be respected, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, said UNAMA in a Human Rights special report released today on the 23 July 2016 attack in Kabul that killed 85 civilians and injured more than four hundred.
  • 12 Oct 2016 - KABUL - The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns this afternoon’s attack at a mosque in the northern province of Balkh that killed at least 10 civilians and injured more than 36. The attack was the second carried out within 24 hours in Afghanistan as worshipers have congregated to mark the Muslim day of remembrance, Ashura. Today’s explosion occurred at the entrance of a mosque located in the Khojagholak area of Balkh district in the northern province.