Afghan aid donors asked to stress accountability

New York, Aug 31 (IANS) Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at an global meeting of senior officials, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The demand was made in letters to representatives of a dozen donor countries.

Delegations from more than a dozen countries will gather in Kabul on September 5 for a meeting of senior officials to discuss humanitarian and security commitments to the country.

The meeting is a follow-up to the December 2014 London Conference and the 2012 Tokyo Conference.

“Afghan officials and foreign donors need to put human rights front-and-centre in all discussions of ongoing and future support for the Afghan government,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“They should recognize that human rights gains since 2001 remain extremely fragile and in some areas have reversed, putting at risk the rights of all Afghans, particularly women and girls.”

Despite Afghanistan’s important improvements in human rights, many serious abuses persist.

The Afghan government and its international donors should strengthen their support for the protection and promotion of human rights in Afghanistan through continued emphasis on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (Tokyo Framework), Human Rights Watch said.

Donors should press the Afghan government to ensure greater accountability of state security forces responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, and other abuses.

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