Resources

  • Afghanistan in May 2017

    Our monthly review of the key news from Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Afghanistan in May17.pdf
  • UNAMA: Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees: Implementation of Afghanistan’s National Plan on the Elimination of Torture

    This report documents findings from interviews with conflict-related detainees conducted between1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016.

    PDF icon AfghanReportApril2017.pdf
  • HRW: Pakistan coercion, UN complicity, February 2017

    Human Rights Watch's report—based on 115 interviews with refugee returnees in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees and undocumented Afghans in Pakistan, and further corroborated by UN reports that present the reasons thousands of Afghans gave for coming home—documents how Pakistan’s pressure on Afghan refugees left many of them with no choice but to leave Pakistan in 2016. Further HRW criticise UNHCR for failing to condemn Pakistan's approach, and also questions their financial support to returnees. 

    PDF icon HRW pakistan returnees 0217_web.pdf
  • CPJ: Getting Away with Murder - 2016 Global Impunity Index, October 2016

    The Committee for Protection of Journalist's has produced its annual report, spotlighting countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free. The worst country for the second year in a row is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab is suspected in the majority of media murders, followed by Iraq and Syria, where members of the militant group Islamic State murdered at least six journalists in the past year.Afghanistan ranks 7th,  where over the past year, the Taliban has assailed journalists with threats and assaults, including an attack on the popular privately owned station Tolo TV in January 2016. No journalists died in the attack, but seven staff were killed.

    PDF icon cpj_impunity_pages.pdf
  • Brussels Conference on Afghanistan: communique of participants, October 2016

    On 5 October 2016, the 75 countries and 26 international organisations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5 October 2016 issued a communiqué, renewing the partnership for prosperity and peace between the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the international community. They underlined  their collective commitment to deepen and strengthen their cooperation to achieve Afghanistan's self-reliance in the transformation decade (2015-2024) and to create a political, social and economic environment that will allow Afghanistan to consolidate peace, security, sustainable development and prosperity. They noted that important progress has been achieved on Afghanistan's way to a functioning, accountable and increasingly sustainable state, but the substantial challenges that the country still faces require further efforts to safeguard and build on these joint achievements. 

    PDF icon BCA final communique.pdf
  • Save the Children: Afghan Children Cannot Wait, September 2016

    Last year, half of the unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Europe were from Afghanistan, fleeing poverty, limited education and livelihood opportunities and violence. Unless the Afghan government invests in their future in Afghanistan, Save the Children is concerned that more children may decide to undertake the perilous journey of moving to Europe.As leaders meet in Brussels to discuss the future of Afghanistan, Save the Children calls on the Afghan government, the EU and international donors to step up their investment in the future of Afghan children. Despite progress over the last decade, progress remain fragile and could be undermined by the recent escalation of violence and displacements. It is time now to sustain and increase investment in health, education and protection.

    PDF icon SCUK Brussels conference on Afghanistan. Brief. Oct.2016.pdf
  • Friends of Hazara: Equality and Social Justice, September 2016

    Friends of Hazara call on the Afghan government and international donors to ensure greater commitment to equality for all religious and minority ethnic groups in Afghanistan. Ahead of the upcoming Brussels Conference, they provide targeted recommendations centring on greater transparency in government decisions and appointments, greater inclusion of civil society in such policy developments, and the prioritisation of the protection of minorities. Additionally, they state that the new Citizen's Charter must include robust tools and mechanisms to monitor its implementation. 

    PDF icon FOH BCA Position paper - Equality and Social Justice.pdf
  • Afghanistan Journalists Federation: Position Paper, September 2016

    The Afghanistan Journalists Federation calls on the international community at the Brussels Conference to ensure that press freedom in Afghanistan is protected in light of increasing security and censorship concerns. It calls specifically for greater accountability from the Afghan government in providing information, implementing press freedom laws and ensuring the safety of journalists. It highlights the many difficulties Afghan media and journalists have faced over the last few years, and reiterates the importance of sustainable media during the decade of transformation.

    PDF icon Afghan Journalists Federation BCA Position paper.pdf
  • HRW: Hazardous Child Labour in Afghanistan, July 2016

    At least a quarter of Afghan children between ages 5 and 14 work for a living or to help their families. Many are employed in jobs that can result in illness, injury, or even death due to hazardous working conditions and poor enforcement of safety and health standards.In April 2010, Afghanistan ratified both of the key international treaties related to child labor: International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, and Convention No. 138 on the Minimum Age of Employment. Despite these domestic laws and international obligations, child labor, including in some of the country’s most hazardous industries, is widespread in Afghanistan.

    PDF icon HRW Hazardous Child Labour Jul16.pdf
  • AAN: We knew they had no future in Kabul, April 2016

    This study by Afghanitan Analysts Network and FES explores the reasons behind Afghanistan’s increased migration, by focusing on the discussions and decisions at the household level. Afghans are now the second largest group entering the European Union.There are clear information and knowledge gaps on the reasons behind the current, increased levels of Afghan migration. For this reason, this brief study aimed to explore the decision-making processes at the family level of a small number of migrants. It consisted of 12 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with selected Afghan households from which one or more members left for Europe in 2015.  

    PDF icon AAN-Migration-IVs-paper-Engl. Apr2016pdf.pdf
  • APPRO: Afghanistan Rights Monitor - Baseline Report, April 2016

    Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) has recently launched the Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM), a monitoring project designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental Civic, Social, and Economic rights protection and promotion through applied research, capacity development, and constructive advocacy. Regular monitoring will take place three times per year to report on significant changes in the baseline conditions and possible responses by civil society through constructive advocacy and responsive action by government institutions.ARM is based on an exhaustive evaluation of fundamental rights standards, adapted to Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon 2016 05 02 - ARM Baseline Assessment.pdf
  • FCO: 2015 report on Human Rights & Democracy, April 2016

    As one of 30 priority countries for Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Afghanistan remains under scrutiny, and the report states 'The overall human rights picture in 2015 remained poor.' The report highlights areas such as civilian casualties and violence against women & girls. 

    PDF icon FCO755_Human_Rights_Report_2015_-_WEB.pdf
  • AJSC: The Reporting Heroes - a study on the condition of Afghan female journalists, March 2016

    The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee report on the dangers and prejudices faced by female Afghan journalists.  69% stated they experienced sexual harrasment within their workplace, from their male colleagues. Additionally they faced disapproval from family members and real danger to their lives from extremist groups or individuals. 

    PDF icon women-in-media-english.pdf
  • Child Soldiers International: Ongoing Recruitment and Use of Children by Parties to the Armed Conflict, March 2016

    The Afghan National Police (ANP) including the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and three armed groups including Taliban forces are listed as persistent perpetrators in the 2015 Annual Report of the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on children and armed conflict for the recruitment and use of children.This briefing offers a set of recommendations, which, if implemented, would contribute to ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children by parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan.

    PDF icon CSI afghanistanbriefingmarch2016.pdf
  • Refugee Support Network: After Return - documenting the experiences of young people forcibly removed to Afghanistan, April 2016

    2,018 young men who spent their formative teenage years in the UK care system have been sent back to Afghanistan over the past 9 years, often to very precarious and dangerous situations. Since March 2014, the Refugee Support Network has been systematically monitoring what happens to former child asylum seekers who have been forcibly removed to Afghanistan after turning 18. After Return documents their experiences and, for the first time, fills a vital evidence gap in their education, employment, health, and wellbeing outcomes.  

    PDF icon After Return_RSN_April 2016.pdf

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