Open letter addressed to President Ashraf Ghani
Human rights must be the priority for the new government and international community
On 3 and 4 December 2014, the governments of the UK and Afghanistan will co-host the London Development Conference on Afghanistan, inviting government representatives from around the world to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and the engagement of the international community.
FIDH and its member organization Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA welcome the announcement that the physical audit of the 14 June Afghan Presidential run-off election has been completed, and call on the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, to respect the results when they are announced.
On the eve of International Women’s Day and less than one month before presidential elections, FIDH and its member organisation in Afghanistan, Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA urge the national authorities to ensure full and direct participation of women in a free and fair election process and call on the presidential candidates to make the promotion and safeguard of women’s rights and their legal protection their priority.
Dr Daud Shah Saba was the Governor of Herat from 2010 to 2013. He resigned in July 2013, citing rampant corruption and the failure of the central government to bring about promised reforms. He holds a PhD in Earth Science from the University of Mumbai and has been a professor at Kabul Polytechnic.
Can you tell us about a time when your human rights were violated, something which has influenced your life?