Tuesday, 21 September 2021 05:51 GMT

UNSC concerned over human rights violations in Afghanistan


(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, Aug 3 (KUNA) -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday expressed its "deepest concern" over gross human rights violations in Afghanistan, calling for an immediate halt of violence acts.
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the deplorable attack against the United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan, on 30 July 2021, which resulted in the death of an Afghan security forces guard and several injured, the members said in a statement.
They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.
They voiced their deep concern about the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban's military offensive.
They also expressed their deep concern about the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations in communities affected by the ongoing armed conflict across the country, it noted.
The members condemned in the strongest terms all instances of terrorism and deliberate targeted attacks against civilians.
They recalled that all parties must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law in all circumstances, including those related to the protection of civilians.
They underlined that the deliberate attacks targeting civilians, United Nations personnel and United Nations compounds may constitute war crimes, and stressed the urgent and imperative need to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The members reiterated their support to the work of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), and in this regard, emphasized the importance of the safety and security of United Nations personnel.
They called on both the Islamic Republic and the Taliban to engage meaningfully in an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in order to make urgent progress towards a political settlement and a ceasefire.
They recognized that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that aims at a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, as well as an inclusive, just and realistic political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan, according to the statement. They stressed the need for full, equal and meaningful participation of women in this regard.
The members recalled resolution 2513 (2020), reaffirmed that there is no military solution to the conflict, and declared that they do not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate. (end)
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