Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 03 | 01 – 30 April 2012

Situation Report
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  • HCT Statement on the protection of civilians for NATO Conference

  • More than 55,000 people in 98 districts affected by natural hazards in March and April

  • 86,000 conflict induced internally displaced people in first four months of 2012

  • Government requests support of Special Rapporteur on Internal Displacement

HCT Statement for NATO Summit

HCT urges ISAF to intensify efforts to strengthen capacity, accountability of Afghan forces ahead of a planned drawdown

Statement shared prior to the NATO conference with the Ministers of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Defence, and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative

Ahead of the NATO Summit, held on 20-22 May in Chicago, USA, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) sent two-page statement to NATO members, outlining its concerns regarding the protection of civilians and detailing recommendations and considerations ahead of determinations for international forces’ drawdown.

While noting the security gains made through the partnership between international and Afghan security forces, the HCT stressed the fragility of the security situation, punctuated by the fact that 2011 marked the fifth consecutive year where civilian casualties increased. The statement also highlights the exponential rise in conflict-induced displacement - the highest recorded number since 2002 - as a major concern for the protection of civilians. Thus, the HCT urged ISAF to intensify efforts to improve the capability, conduct, and accountability of Afghan security forces as they assume security primacy in the country, with sp ecific concern for the protection of women and children.

This statement was a result of collaboration between members of the protection cluster for Afghanistan. The draft was then presented to the HCT. Furthermore, NGO members of the Protection Cluster joined with other NGO partners to initiate a joint parallel NGO statement for the NATO Summit as well.

The HCT statement can be read in full here.

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