8 April 2009 - The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has urged President Hamid Karzai to abolish a controversial family law which applies to Afghanistan’s minority Shi’a community members.
2 April 2009 - A new law in Afghanistan seriously curtailing women’s rights, even explicitly permitting marital rape, is a “huge step in the wrong direction,” the United Nations human rights chief said today, calling for its repeal.
KABUL - A new housing development area for Afghan refugees near Kabul is being cleared of mines, with the urgency of the project becoming more acute as people are already living in the district and many more are continuing to arrive.
4 April 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his happiness at the safe release of a United Nations staff member who was abducted in Pakistan two months ago, voicing his appreciation for the efforts of Government officials and others in securing his release.
4 April 2009 - I have visited many countries that face the scourge of landmines. I have seen the devastation caused by these indiscriminate weapons, which hamper reconstruction, damage the environment and cause grievous injuries and death for decades after conflicts end.
1 April 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s suicide attacks in southern Afghanistan, in which two people were reportedly killed and a large number of civilians injured, including one staff member serving with the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA).
KABUL - Too much is at stake for Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential elections to be flawed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to support efforts to consolidate stability in the war-torn nation.
KABUL - Delegates at a meeting in The Hague agreed on Tuesday to a significant sharpening of rebuilding in Afghanistan, emphasizing the centrality of Afghan ownership and stepping up focus on implementation.
KABUL - Of all the tragic stories surrounding de-mining in Afghanistan one sticks out for the people of Baghlan in the north east of the country when 15 children were injured after they tried to sell a piece of unexploded ordinance in exchange for ice cream.