HERAT – As part of a series of events broadcast on local radio, UNAMA in Herat organized a panel of human rights experts recently to discuss the protection of civilians in conflict. The discussion was broadcast on Ariana Radio.
Last year saw a record number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, with almost 3,500 people killed across the country.
Sayed Ashraf Saddat, the Civil Society Coordinator for the Herat Provincial Peace Advocacy Committee, said that ground engagements in populated areas are the leading cause of civilian casualties.
Bamyan - Over 30 members of the Provincial Council, Provincial Government and Civil Society shared ideas and discussed how partnerships can lead to good governance at an event held by UNAMA in Bamyan.
The Deputy Governor of the Province, Asif Mubaligh, said cooperation and guidance from the provincial council and civil society was the key to promoting good governance – something which he says is working well.
“The progress we’ve made in the fight against corruption are shared achievements we can all be proud of,” he said.
GARDEZ - Representatives of six political parties from across Paktya Province have come together in a UNAMA-facilitated meeting to openly and frankly discuss their role in elections, as well as peace and reconciliation.
Participants said that the environment of insecurity, as well as a high level of corruption in the region will make fair and transparent elections a major challenge.
MAZAR - Schoolteachers and local activists from Mazar have held a workshop to find ways to prevent the recruitment of children by armed groups, and encourage awareness of the dangers of landmines.
Thousands of children in Afghanistan are victims of armed conflict, with 923 deaths recorded just in 2016, 108 of those in the northern region, and 2,589 children injured across the country – the highest number since data collection began in 2009.
LAGHMAN - In a UN-backed three-day Peace Jirga, community leaders from three districts of Afghanistan’s east said they are committed to working with opposing groups to find peaceful outcomes to the area’s conflicts.
The focus of the Jirga, which drew more than 100 men and 25 women from Laghman and Nuristan, was to bring peace to the area, specifically along the main road from Laghman to Western Nuristan, and to ensure humanitarian assistance and development activities could continue there.