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Govt failed to implement UN human rights recommendations: MoJ

AT-KABUL: They Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Monday said that poor coordination between the Human Rights Support Unit (HRSU) and government departments and unawareness about human rights were main factors that impeded implementation of the United Nations (UN) recommendations on human rights in Afghanistan.

Acting Minister of Justice, Sayed Yusuf Halim, said the UN made over 470 recommendations regarding human rights to Afghanistan, but the efforts of the government initiated in the past few years are unsatisfactory.

Speaking at a conference titled “Coordination and Management Session of the Committee of HRSU of Ministry of Justice”, he said that insecurity, presence of influential figures and poor implementation of the laws were the other reasons that provided ground for violation of women and children rights in some provinces.

“Today’s session is aimed to boost up coordination among government organizations and HRSU to properly follow the UN recommendation on human rights and implement the guiding principles in letter and spirit,” he said.

However, he claimed that human rights status improved comparing to the past years. HRSU of the MoJ also established a Coordination and Management Committee to enhance coordination between the concerned organizations and overcome the hurdles.

The committee will hold quarterly sessions to assess progress and find out ways to the challenges before the human rights, he underlined.

It is pertained to mention that HRSU was established within the structure of the MoJ in 2010 with technical and financial support of the UNDP. The Unit started its activities based on a letter of agreement (LoA) between UNDP and MoJ. In 2011, the establishment of HRSU was approved by the Council of Ministers, providing it with an essential legal base through which it was officially incorporated into the MoJ institutional structure (Tashkeel). It currently functions as an inter-ministerial mechanism for ensuring that human rights obligations are understood and applied by all state institutions through the following mandate review of national laws, policies and strategies in light of UN human rights treaties ratified by Afghanistan. Monitor the implementation of UN human rights treaties and follow-up on the recommendations of UN human rights monitoring mechanism. Conduct human rights training workshops and courses for the government officials to enhance their capacity to fulfill their national and international obligations.

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