Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in it's new study finds that the number of people with disabilities in Afghanistan has a 11 percent increase in 14 years. According to AIHRC, the statistical data for this study (156 cases), were obtained from Asia Foundation's survey, the Commission's database, while the rest were gained through field studies, in which, 1504 people with disabilities participated from

28 March 2021

On the occasion of the 2020 Afghanistan Conference held in Geneva 23-24 November, President Peter Maurer of the International Committee of the Red Cross said ICRC has been working in Afghanistan for 33 years and knows the scars this protracted war continues to leave on millions. "In Afghanistan, we talk of peace, yet violence continues to kill, maim and displace. We talk of development,

24 November 2020

National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib warned of the possibility of a civil war breaking out in Afghanistan after the U.S. troops withdraw. In an interview with the BBC News published on Tuesday, Mohib said the Afghan government is preparing for both peace and war and is making every effort to reduce the real threat of civil war in the country after the American

20 October 2020

A general meeting of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s negotiating teams was held on Wednesday evening, amid rising violence in Afghanistan. Nader Nadery, spokesperson for the Afghan government’s negotiating team, tweeted that the heads and members of both delegations met, and the contentious issues were discussed. "The heads and members of both delegations discussed disputed issues and emphasized that the contact groups meet again

15 October 2020

The British government quickly distance itself from Defence Secretary Ben Wallace’s comment that the U.S. had fought “illegal wars” in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Labour administrations of 1997 to 2010. Speaking on Wednesday during a House of Commons debate on a controversial bill that would protect British troops for actions taken while serving abroad, Wallace addressed Labour politicians and said: “Much of the

26 September 2020

Amnesty International said on Wednesday that victims of the conflict in Afghanistan should have a voice during the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The global human rights organisation said that the victims’ demands for justice must be heeded during the negotiations which are set to begin in Doha, Qatar. Amnesty called on both negotiating teams and the Qatari hosts to include

9 September 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced sanctions on Fatou Bensouda, a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, in response to her investigations into potential war crimes conducted by its troops in Afghanistan. Phakiso Mochochoko, director of ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division, was also slapped with sanctions for “”having materially assisted prosecutor Bensouda.” Furthermore, visa restrictions and broader sanctions could

3 September 2020

With a $14 billion dollar budget request for fiscal year 2021, the U.S. military is set to spend its lowest amount on the 18-year long war in Afghanistan in nearly a decade. As per the Military Times report, the overseas contingency operations, or OCO, funding request for Operation Freedom Sentinel was detailed in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2021 request released on Monday. The Defense

11 February 2020

In 2019, Afghan civilians continued to pay the price of the ongoing conflict as justice proved elusive for the victims, Amnesty International said as the human rights organization released its annual report on events in the Asia-Pacific region. Human Rights in Asia-Pacific: Review of 2019 published by Amnesty International delivers the analysis of the state of human rights in the world’s largest continent. “Civilian casualties

30 January 2020

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) told Congress Wednesday that U.S. officials have routinely lied to the public during the 18-year war by exaggerating progress reports and inflating statistics to create a false appearance of success. “There’s an odor of mendacity throughout the Afghanistan issue . . . mendacity and hubris,” John F. Sopko said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs

16 January 2020