Resolving post-election disputes, unconditional ceasefire, and an reduction in aid from friendly countries to Afghanistan is an urgent need to prevent the escalation of the crises in the country.
Press Release by the Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) on recent Crises in the country
As a common threat to all human beings, the COVID-19 virus is rapidly spilling over everywhere in the world and Afghanistan. Due to protected armed conflict, Afghanistan has lost its infrastructure, the country is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe more than any other time in the past.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus has crossed all political, ethnic, religious and ideological lines and is threatening the country as a whole. Although official statistics confirmed only 42 infectious cases so far, the assumption is presumably much higher than announced.
On the other hand, the post-electoral disputes between the two forerunning electoral teams have diverted attention to contain the crises, paving further instability and diminishing global confidence on the Afghan government.
As the biggest supporter of the Afghan government, the U.S. Department of State has recently warned that it will cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan as the result of political disputes between the two electoral rivals. This has added further concerns to the already problems in Afghanistan.
Based on these considerations, therefore, the CSHRN, as a premier organization for civil and human rights in the country, recommends to all parties (government, political parties, the Taliban, and the international community):
- Now is the best time for an unconditional ceasefire in the country. To prevent a humanitarian crisis and to save the lives of their own people, the Afghan government and the Taliban must declare a ceasefire without any preconditions until the end of the crisis stemmed from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, so that health workers can access to all territories to provide drugs, medicine and other health services required for the people in need. The Taliban, the Afghan government and the international community must go hand in hand to join their efforts in fighting the epidemic COVID-19 together. This is neither about war, not about political interest. It is about human survival.
- The CSHRN urge the two parties to immediately end their electoral disputes, and should not plunge the country into a new political crisis.
- The international community, mainly the United States of America, should not only reduce aid and their scope of cooperation to Afghanistan, but it is time to increase it. We – the people of Afghanistan – need the cooperation of all our friendly countries more than ever, who generously helped us over the past two decades. So we call on the United States of America to revisit its review and continue its cooperation with the people of Afghanistan.reduction in aid