This morning, terrorist groups stormed a civilian hospital in Kabul and attacked a funeral ceremony in Nangarhar province. Killing of civilians is in direct violation of domestic and international laws, and is a crime against humanity. The Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) calls on the Afghan government to take immediate actions to stop the attacks on civilian targets.
The CSHRN accounts the brutal suicide attack on the Sikh religious minority in Afghanistan unacceptable and is highly concerned about the rise of such heinous attack targeting the religious minorities in the country. Such acts are not only against the principles of Human Rights and the International Humanitarian law, but also it is in direct contradiction with the overt provisions of holy Islam. The suicide attack took place on Sikh ethnic minority in Kabul on March 25, which culminated in 30 deaths and injuries including men, women, and children once again proved that terrorists do not recognize any norms and values. In the meantime, this attack manifested the vulnerability of the religious minorities in the country and impress the need that: The Afghan government must immediately investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice; The security sector must take preventive measures to stop such attacks in the future; The respective institutions must promptly provide all the humanitarian aid necessary to the victims of this abhorrent attack. Civil Society and Human Rights Network and Human Rights and Eradication of Violence Organization Kabul, Afghanistan March 26, 2020
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…
ABOUT THIS REPORT This report on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) presents the perspectives and views of civil society with regard to Afghanistan’s compliance with its obligations under CRPD.This report has been compiled from consultation with government institutions, civil society organization either working for persons with disabilities or persons without disability, focus group discussions, individual and collective interviews and expert group discussions. In the development of this report civil society submissions and reports released by national and international organizations have also been exploited. The issues raised in this report and gaps highlighted in government compliance with the CRPD should be considered in the context of Afghanistan. ------------------------------------------------------------- To read the report, please click on the link below.