Safety & Security
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The security transition in Afghanistan is entering its final phase in 2014, with partial withdrawal of foreign operating forces planned for December and completed for US forces for end 2016, accordingly with NATO’s timeline and President Karzai’s demand. Already, since mid-2013, the Afghan government has assumed the lead of all combat operations in the country, after the final transfer of the security responsibility to the Afghan Military Forces took place.
Since January 2014, 140 ' security incidents have directly harmed NGOs. ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees.
Kabul, the 29th August 2014
33 aid workers have been killed during the first eight months of 2014 in Afghanistan, in several security incidents with different causes and actors involved. ACBAR calls on all actors, government, opposition, and independent, to actively refrain from hostile acts that cause injuries or death of aid workers.
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Killing of two IAM aid workers in Herat on the 24th July 2014
ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors, which are hurting NGOs, their employees and ultimately the Afghan people.
Kabul, the 1th August 2014,
ACBAR was created in August 1988 and has been providing the framework within which NGOs and civil society, the Afghan Government, the UN and bilateral donors can exchange information, share expertise and establish guidelines for a more coordinated, efficient and effective use of resources providing humanitarian and development assistance to the Afghan people.
Six aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan in four separate security incidents last week. There are different causes and actors involved, but it caused as many fatalities among aid workers as during the first three months of 2014. ACBAR calls on all actors, government, opposition, and independent, to actively refrain from hostile acts that cause injuries or death of aid workers.
Attack on Ambulance
Since January 2014, 80 security incidents have directly harmed NGOs. ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees.
Kabul, the 28th May 2014, ACBAR - the Agency Coordinating Body of Afghan Relief and Development - has been aggrieved to hear of the attack on an NGO ambulance in Nangarhar and in Badakhshan provinces (Afghanistan) providing essential assistance to a patient.
In the name of its member organizations, ACBAR wishes officially to reiterate its disapproval of any attack, intimidation, violence or threats against NGOs working in Afghanistan. We appeal to all parties to the Afghan conflict to respect the neutrality of NGOs and the work they do with the aim of helping people of Afghanistan. NGOs – both local and international -- play a critical role in providing relief and development aid to needy people in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan; often in areas were other services providers have limited or no access.
The members of ACBAR consisting of 103 national and international NGOs, strongly condemn today's attack against the United Nations which has killed and injured numerous people. This attack constitutes a war crime under International Humanitarian Law. Our thoughts go out to the families and the colleagues of the victims of this attack and to those injured.
Aid organizations and their staff have been subject to increasing numbers of attacks, threats and intimidation, by both insurgent and criminal groups, as well as of other parties involved in the conflict.
WE, the 100 national and international NGO members of ACBAR, express our grave concern about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the serious impact on civilians. There has been a surge in the number of civilian casualties caused by all sides, a spread of insecurity to previously stable areas, and increasing attacks on aid agencies and their staff.
So far this year the number of insurgent attacks, bombings and other violent incidents is up by approximately 50 per cent on the same period last year.
Continued commitment to the Social Protection sector is of crucial importance if Afghanistan is to lift itself out of poverty. This paper aims to explore emergent issues in the sector as identified by national and internationals NGOs and international organizations. Because the Social Protection sector is so complex and involves many groups and individuals, this paper highlights four main groups and one overarching issue as follows: Vulnerable women; children; and persons with physical and mental disabilities.
THE CURRENT SITUATION
On the five year anniversary of the withdrawal of the Taliban from Kabul (13 November 2001), Afghans are deeply concerned about rapidly growing insecurity in various parts of their country, especially in the south and eastern regions. While half the country continues to enjoy limited reconstruction and development gains, at least half the country is in a humanitarian phase as a result of escalating armed conflict.
KABUL 13 December 2005 - "Security is paramount, and bringing extremist violence and other forms of insecurity under control will remain at the top of the agenda for the government , and for millions of Afghans for whom the most basic dividend of peace -- security -- remain a distant goal even as the Bonn process draws to a close." (Briefing to the Security Council by Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan Jean Arnault, 23 August 2005)
The purpose of this briefing paper is to (re)present the civil society perspectives of ACBAR member agencies at a time …
Kabul, 29 September 2003 - ACBAR, an umbrella organization representing over ninety national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan, is shocked and deeply saddened by yet another fatal attack on NGO staff this month. On September 24, staff from VARA, (Voluntary Association for Rehabilitation of Afghanistan), an Afghan NGO, came under direct attack from gunmen traveling in a taxi. The NGO staff were traveling in a pickup van through Helmand province on their way from Delaram to Kandahar.