The UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the team monitoring sanctions against individuals and entities associated with the Taliban. As it extended the team’s mandate for a year, the 15-member UN body voiced its serious concern over the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. Unanimously adopting resolution 2557 (2020), the Council directed the monitoring team to gather information on instances of non-compliance with

19 December 2020

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), released its annual Emergency Watchlist highlighting 20 devastating humanitarian crises which are expected to deteriorate the most in 2021. IRC in a press release said the ongoing conflict compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have led to unprecedented emergencies across the globe. As multiple countries face historic levels of hunger and sit on the verge of pending famine,

17 December 2020

Afghanistan's HDI value for 2019 is 0.511— which put the country in the low human development category—positioning it at 169 out of 189 countries and territories. Between 1990 and 2019, Afghanistan's HDI value increased from 0.302 to 0.511, an increase of 69.2 percent. The Human Development Index is a combination of measuring success in any country, in three criteria: long and healthy life, access to

16 December 2020

Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations weighs in on the prospects of continued support for her country and her hopes for preserving women’s rights in the ongoing peace talks aimed at carving a shared political future with the Taliban. Adela Raz in a wide-ranging interview with Gandhara said Afghans aren't willing to compromise on their gains in the peace

16 December 2020

As the Afghan sides in Doha announced a 20-day long break in the ongoing peace talks amid rising violence in Afghanistan, United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad together with Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan General Austin Scott Miller arrived Pakistan, and held consultations with the country's military leadership on the situation. Ambassador Khalilzad and General Miller arrived on Monday

15 December 2020

US Special Representativ for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad says there is no delay in resumption of intra-Afghan talks. Khalilzad in a series of tweets on Monday said that the two Afghan negotiating teams announced in Doha they will take 20 days off to "consult on the agenda items." "Given how much is at stake, it is imperative that there is no delays in resumption of

14 December 2020

At least 6 security forces, including a border police commander, were killed and further four wounded in a “Taliban attack” in northern Kunduz province, local officials said on Monday. The incident occurred in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz on Sunday night after the Taliban attacked a security outpost, Karimi Sadiqi, a provincial council member told Reporterly. "The Imam Saheb and Dasht-e Archi districts are always

14 December 2020

Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said that he has received orders of cutting down the number of American soldiers to 2,500. Talking to the reporters on Sunday, Mr. Miller expressed concerns on surge in the Taliban violence, saying that the Taliban needed to come down. He said that the troop reduction will be done “in accordance with conditions.” “Important for the Afghan

13 December 2020

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in its annual World Terrorism Index placed Afghanistan as the most-affected country on earth, imposing devastating loss to the country’s economy. According to the report, in 2019, deaths from terrorism fell for the fifth consecutive year, after peaking in 2014. “The total number of deaths fell by 15.5 percent to 13,826.” “Afghanistan was the country with the highest

13 December 2020

Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), International Media Support (IMS) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) endorse the letter by Afghanistan’s journalist community and call on the UN Security Council to take serious actions to reduce violence against journalists in Afghanistan. RSF in a press release said that the three journalist/media support organizations also stress that without respecting fundamental international covenants, commitments and international human rights,

12 December 2020