01 Jan 2017 - NEW YORK - On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart.
How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?
Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.
18 Dec 2016 - KABUL - The UN Security Council has scheduled the next briefing to discuss the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon latest report on the situation in Afghanistan.
The report is available here.
13 Dec 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the Afghan Government’s commitment to investigate the alleged human rights violations committed against the politician, Mr. Ahmad Ishchi.
Mr. Ishchi reports he was illegally detained and severely maltreated by security officials acting under the authority of the First Vice President, Abdul Rashid Dostum.
10 Dec 2016 - KABUL - Marking International Human Rights Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spotlighted the crucial work of Afghan human rights defenders and joined the call for all citizens to stand up to protect the rights of vulnerable women, men, and children.
At a UNAMA-sponsored event on Thursday in Kabul, leading human rights defenders described how Afghanistan’s armed conflict had made their work more challenging, but all the more essential.
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.
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 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.