The year started with another transition for Afghanistan – the Presidential Palace hosted a ceremony to mark the move of security responsibility from ISAF to the Afghan National Security Forces on the 1st.
by Abdullah Ahmadi - Programmes Director of Cooperation Center for Afghanistan (CCA)
Abdullah shares his thoughts regarding his recent week at the London Conference on Afghanistan
1.You have been involved in human rights for many years. What types of human rights violations have you dealt with, and what do you think of the current human rights situation in Afghanistan?
BAAG organised and hosted the half-day Ayenda Conference on 3rd December 2015. This was the offical civil society associate event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. This report provides a brief summary of the event - its structure, attendees, content and feedback. A full report is being drafted, which is expected to be published in February 2015.
October was the first month of the country’s new National Unity Government. President Ghani kick-started his reform agenda by making some early appointments and decisions. Qamaruddin Shinwari was appointed as the new Attorney General and the resignation of Abdul Salam Azimi was accepted. He had been the country’s Chief of Supreme Court since 2006. President Ghani also announced that he would appoint Afghanistan’s first female member of the Supreme Court. Also, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive Officer, chaired the new cabinet’s first meeting.
Women’s rights and gender inequity was a key justification for the international intervention in Afghanistan in 2001. In November 2001, Prime Minister Blair’s wife Cherie held a press conference with female Afghan refugees in Downing Street: extolling the fighting spirit of these Afghan women she stated “In my experience as a professional woman and a mother and somebody who has been on the margins of the political world, I have seen how all communities work more smoothly and productively when women are involved and have a voice.”