Press releases

  • 04 Jul 2016 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I wish all Afghans Eid Mubarak. As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr after a month of fasting and worship, I hope that families around Afghanistan will be able to come together in peace, in an environment free of fear and violence.
  • 30 Jun 2016 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I condemn today’s attack in Kabul that targeted Afghan National Police (ANP) cadets and their instructors, killing 33 and injuring 71 others.
  • 21 Jun 2016 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks occurred on June 20, in Kabul and Badakhshan province against civilian population. The detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) in a bazaar in Kishem district, province of Badakhshan, killed ten civilians including five children, and injured 36 others, mostly children.
  • 20 Jun 2016 - KABUL, 20 June 2016 – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses grave concern about today’s series of attacks in civilian populated areas that killed and maimed civilians across Afghanistan. UNAMA condemns in the strongest terms the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) in a bazaar in Kishem district, Badakhshan province that killed ten civilians including five children, and injured 36 others, mostly children.
  • 20 Jun 2016 - Forced displacement has reached unprecedented levels, with more than 65 million people uprooted from their homes globally. New and recurring conflicts, and ever-more disturbing forms of violence and persecution, are driving people to flee in search of safety within their own countries, or to cross international borders as asylum seekers or refugees. Others are living in long-term exile, as solutions to protracted conflicts remain elusive.
  • 10 Jun 2016 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I condemn the attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers at the Hisarak Jami Mosque in Rodat district, Nangarhar province. The attack killed at least three civilians and injured more than 70 others – including 31 boys – with at least two in critical condition.
  • 06 Jun 2016 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I would like to present my best wishes for the Holy month of Ramadan, a time of reverence and peace. I sincerely hope that the people of Afghanistan will be able to use this time for reflection, patience and tolerance. Most especially during Ramadan, I call upon all parties to the conflict to respect this month and allow Afghan families to worship in peace.
  • 05 Jun 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attack in Pul-e-Alam town of Logar Province in which seven civilians were killed and more than 20 injured.
  • 02 Jun 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned by the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.
  • 25 May 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s suicide attack in an outlying western suburb of Kabul which killed eleven civilians and injured ten.
  • 20 May 2016 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan confirms that a security guard at one of its compounds in Kabul was killed today in a shooting incident.  A staff member of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was also injured in the incident. The injuries are described as not serious. The circumstances around this tragic incident are still being investigated.
  • 10 May 2016 - GENEVA - Two United Nations human rights experts today condemned the execution of six alleged members of illegal armed groups in Afghanistan for “serious crimes and crimes against civilians,” despite the absence of fair trial guarantees and the continued practice of torture to obtain confessions.
  • 10 May 2016 - GENEVA - We regret the execution on Sunday, 8 May, of six people in Afghanistan, amid persisting serious concerns about compliance with fair trial standards, and reports about the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment as a means of extracting confessions. We fear that there could be more executions in the near future.
  • 08 May 2016 - KABUL - In line with the continued call of the United Nations for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, UNAMA regrets the execution of six alleged perpetrators of serious crimes and crimes against civilians. The United Nations notes that there is no conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty and that the use of capital punishment does not contribute to public safety.

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