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UNAMA requests Hazaras to postpone demonstrations

AT-KABUL: In a meeting here on Sunday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) requested representatives of the Hazara community to postpone the demonstrations.

In a media statement issued here, the UN mission in the country said that as part of its good offices mandate, it has invited participants for an open discussion. The meeting was chaired by Pernille Kardel, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.

While reaffirming the right of all Afghans to peaceful assembly, UNAMA calls for the postponement of planned demonstrations.

“A broad range of issues were discussed, including the tragic 23 July suicide attack in Kabul claimed by Daesh against peaceful demonstrators, which resulted in the deaths of at least 85 civilians and injured more than 400 others. The findings of UNAMA’s independent human rights investigation of the attack were shared with participants at the meeting,” the statement said.

UNAMA has produced a report on the attack as part of its mandated, and internationally respected, work on human rights in Afghanistan and the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The report will be released shortly, the statement said.

Participants included Members of Parliament, representatives of civil society groups, including the Enlightening Movement, as well as Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

The statement said that UNAMA is encouraged by the Government’s readiness to invite members of the Hazara community, including the Enlightening Movement, for talks. The Mission welcomes the willingness of all sides to engage in dialogue, urges them to seize this opportunity, and stands ready to support such a process.

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