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The situation of human rights in Afghanistan and technical assistance achievements in the field of human rights – Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/40/45) – ReliefWeb

Human Rights Council
Fortieth session
25 February–22 March 2019
Agenda items 2 and 10
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
Technical assistance and capacity-building


In the present report, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights describes the situation of human rights in Afghanistan from 1 January to 30 November 2018, and provides an overview of the work and technical assistance conducted by the Human Rights Service of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report focuses on the five principal areas of work of the Human Rights Service, namely the protection of civilians in armed conflict; children and armed conflict; women’s rights and the elimination of violence against women and increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding and security; the prevention of torture and arbitrary detention; the civil society space and the integration of human rights into peace and reconciliation processes. The report also highlights the key areas of technical cooperation engagement … Read More on Reliefweb

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The Taliban’s Battle Plan By Michael Semple – Foreign Affairs

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ envoy for Afghan reconciliation, has breathed new life into attempts to conduct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Having met with Taliban representatives in Qatar and lobbied leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Khalilzad now says he is “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a peace deal by April of next year.

Yet as far as Taliban leaders are concerned, the group has little reason to commit to a peace process: it is on a winning streak. The Taliban control key Afghan highways and are conducting targeted assassinations across the country. They have made important territorial gains and now have complete or partial control over some 250 of about 400 districts.

These gains are not sufficient to pose an existential threat to an Afghan government with U.S. backing, but they have emboldened the Taliban to keep fighting, in the hope of eventually eroding U.S. resolve. Even if Khalilzad manages to bring the Taliban to the table, don’t expect his efforts to …. Read More on Foreign Affairs

China courted Afghan Taliban in secret meetings – Financial Times

Taliban militants on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Afghanistan. Beijing is making a concerted push to engage with the Islamist group © AFP

Chinese officials have met the Afghan Taliban several times in the past year, figures in the Pakistan government told the Financial Times, as Beijing seeks to play an important role in ending the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan. People involved in facilitating the talks said Beijing had made a concerted push to engage with the Taliban, going as far as inviting senior members of the Islamist group to China. “The Chinese took great care in making those arrangements,” said one Pakistani official who had been briefed on the trip. Islamabad has acted as a broker for the Taliban, helping to set up negotiations with both China and the US.

“The [Taliban] visitors to Beijing got to visit a mosque and eat ‘halal’ food,” the person said. “The Chinese have been trying for some time to urge the Taliban to negotiate, but the meetings were also meant to showcase China’s progress and its …. Read More on Financial Times

OIC Condemns Recent Suicide Attacks in Afghanistan – Tolo News

The OIC also called for urgent steps to be taken to uphold the Makkah Principles for Peace and Security.

In reaction to recent kidnappings, killings and suicide attacks in Kabul and various other provinces in Afghanistan, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al Othaimeen appealed to government, political leaders and the people of Afghanistan and OIC Member States to work together to “fence-off the ongoing violence and focus on holding free, fair, inclusive and transparent elections.”

In a statement issued by the OIC on Saturday, the organizations said: “Drawing world’s attention to the significant increase in civilian casualties and collateral damage in Afghanistan, Secretary General Al Othaimeen once again emphasized that it is high time to uphold the principles and goals laid down by the 11th of July ‘Makkah Declaration of the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security of Afghanistan’, encourage all …. Read More on Tolo News

Pakistan, Afghanistan hold inaugural meetings under peace initiative – The Express Tribune

Pakistan Foreign Office. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal on Thursday told reporters that Pakistan and Afghanistan had held inaugural meetings of the five Working Groups (WGs) under the Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) in Kabul recently.

Faisal was taking to the media at the weekly press briefing in Islamabad and added that the Afghan delegation was led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai, while the Pakistani side by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

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According to the FO, in the inaugural joint meeting, both sides assessed prospects for the APAPPS forum that covers all areas of mutual interest, including counter-terrorism and security, peace and …. Read More on The Express Tribune

Pakistan assures US of its commitment to Afghan peace talks – Dawn News

WASHINGTON: In a meeting between US Defence Secretary James Mattis and Ambassador Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to playing a part in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

In his meeting with the US defence chief at the Pentagon on Monday, Ambassador Siddiqui also briefed Mr Mattis on Pakistan’s efforts to enhance its cooperation with Afghanistan. “We agreed on the need to work together for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Ambassador Siddiqui told Dawn after the meeting. “I reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to play its part in this peace and reconciliation process.”

This was the new Pakistani envoy’s first formal meeting with the US defence chief and Pakistan’s …. Read More on Dawn News

U.S. talks with the Taliban could be a breakthrough in the Afghan war – washingtonpost

Taliban fighters celebrate a cease-fire on June 16 in the Ghanikhel district of Nangahar province, (REUTERS/Parwiz/File Photo)

 A first possible breakthrough in the 17-year Afghan conflict came in June, when a brief cease-fire during a Muslim holiday produced a spontaneous celebration by Afghan troops, civilians and Taliban fighters. The nationwide yearning for peace became palpable.

Now, in a development that could build on that extraordinary moment, a senior American diplomat and Taliban insurgent officials have reportedly held talks for the first time, meeting in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar and agreeing to hold further sessions. According to Taliban officials, they discussed …. Read More on washingtonpost


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Taliban has confirmed that it held direct talks with the United States in Qatar this week on finding a negotiated end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

A senior Taliban official told VOA on Friday that Alice Wells, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, led the American delegation in the meeting in Doha.

The insurgent official, speaking on condition of anonymity explained the “preliminary” dialogue focused merely on “laying the groundwork for future contacts and meetings” between the Taliban and the U.S.

“The overall atmosphere of the meeting was very good and the discussions were also productive,” said the Taliban official,but he shared …. Read More on Small wars journal