Rising numbers of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, in blatant disregard of international laws aimed at protecting civilians from harm, underscore the urgent need for parties to halt the fighting and to re-focus on starting intra-Afghan peace negotiations, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a press release on Tuesday. UNAMA’s latest preliminary figures indicate a trend of escalating civilian casualties in

19 May 2020

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Deborah Lyons has emphasized on UN's position regarding the media freedom in Afghanistan. On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, the UNAMA head in a press release stated that all parties in any peace negotiations must uphold all fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom

3 May 2020

Vietnam has reaffirmed support for peace process led by Afghan people at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)'s teleconference on March 31 discussing Afghanistan situation and activities of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Speaking at the event, Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam’s Mission to the UN highlighted the importance of continued implementation of the UNSC’s Resolution No.2513 on supporting

1 April 2020

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has issued a statement, saying the UN stands ready to welcome and work with the future administration in Afghanistan. “The United Nations stands ready to welcome and work with the future administration, while reiterating the importance of due respect given to Afghanistan’s diversity and to those Afghans who bravely turned out to vote, despite serious security constraints,

20 February 2020

Following the protest of Afghan media outlets on Tuesday, Afghanistan allies including UK, Germany, France, EU and UNAMA have announced support for providing access to information by the government. More than 30 Afghan media outlets released a signed statement on Tuesday, protesting “severe limitations in access to information,” saying the government has a “double standard” when it comes to “implementing the access to information

4 February 2020

President Ashraf Ghani, US and German ambassadors and UNAMA have slammed Afghanistan National Directorate of Security (NDS) for detaining two Afghan activists who broke the report of and alleged massive pedophile ring operating in the Logar province’s schools. In a series of tweets, Ghani has said he was “deeply disturbed about the recent reports on sexual abuse” in schools in Logar Province, south of

27 November 2019

Almost two-thirds of Afghan children have been impacted by the ongoing conflict in the war-wracked country, the British-based Save the Children charity said in a new survey. Children affected by the conflict lost a family member, witnessed battles or attacks, or sustained conflict-related injuries, the charity said in a report published on November 19. Seven hundred adults and children were interviewed across four Afghan provinces

20 November 2019

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan more than tripled during this quarter compared with the same period last year, Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its report. The report compiled by SIGAR Most of these deaths happened in Taliban attacks but the US-backed Afghan official forces also had a significant share in these casualties. The US watchdog notes that the United

4 November 2019

For the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United Nations and the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) convened a Media Summit in Kabul to spotlight the impact of worsening violence against reporters in Afghanistan. As per UNAMA report, some one hundred journalists, along with government officials and members of the international community, participated in the event. “Speaking truth to power, of

3 November 2019

Afghan people have defied Taliban threats and used their rights to vote on Saturday in a one-day presidential election to elect their country's new president through ballots amid tight security. The international community has welcomed the presidential election in Afghanistan, calling the vote transparent and credible. Special Representative of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamoto, who went to the polling places yesterday,

29 September 2019