Press Releases

  • 03 Sep 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns yesterday’s attack in Kabul by the Taliban. Such indiscriminate attacks can never be justified. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured....
  • 03 Sep 2019 - KABUL - The violence this week across Afghanistan underscores the urgency of ending the conflict through a negotiated settlement. The suffering of the Afghan people must end. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to family and friends of the victims, all civilians, who...
  • 20 Aug 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack on a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 17 August 2019, which resulted in more than 70 civilians killed and 180 civilians injured, for which the so-...
  • 19 Aug 2019 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I wish to congratulate all Afghans as they celebrate 100 years of their country’s independence. The United Nations shares in the pride of all Afghans who, despite many decades of conflict, remain steadfast in their pursuit...
  • 18 Aug 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific 17 August terrorist attack on a wedding ceremony in Kabul, claiming the lives of 63 people and injuring over 180. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the...
  • 18 Aug 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns last night’s Kabul attack that initial reports indicate killed scores of civilians and injured many more, among them women and children. On the evening of 17 August, a suicide attacker detonated...
  • 10 Aug 2019 - KABUL - As we prepare to mark the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I wish all Afghans a peaceful and joyous celebration. I hope that families around Afghanistan will be able to come together and celebrate Eid in an environment free of fear and violence. To allow all Afghans to...
  • 07 Aug 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations expresses deep concern at the Taliban’s stated threat to target civilians participating in the 28 September presidential election process. According to international humanitarian and human rights law, the electoral process in Afghanistan is a civilian...
  • 03 Aug 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan reminds all parties to the conflict of their responsibility to protect civilians and to comply with their obligations under international law, as the latest UN documentation shows that civilian casualty rates returned to record high...
  • 01 Aug 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack on a bus full of civilians traveling along the Kandahar-Herat Highway in Western Afghanistan on 31 July 2019, which resulted in at least 34 people killed...
  • 31 Jul 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack this morning on a bus traveling along the Kandahar-Herat Highway in Afghanistan. The Secretary-General reiterates that international humanitarian law explicitly prohibits indiscriminate attacks and attacks directed...
  • 30 Jul 2019 - KABUL - The conflict in Afghanistan continues to have a devastating impact on civilians, with the latest UN update released today documenting 3,812 civilian casualties (1,366 deaths and 2,446 injured) in the first half of 2019. While the number of civilians killed and injured...
  • 29 Jul 2019 - KABUL - As the presidential election campaign period started on 28 July and runs to 25 September, all candidates and supporters are expected to engage in a fair campaign as outlined in the Election Law, the Independent Election Commission’s Code of Conduct for the candidates...
  • 18 Jul 2019 - KABUL- With the announcement of the appointment of the new Commissioners and Ms. Shaharzad Akbar as Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, the United Nations looks forward to continuing to work closely with the AIHRC as its role in safeguarding...

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