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Universal Periodic Review 32: Afghanistan

The UK welcomed Afghanistan's progress on the rights of women and girls, but raised concerns regarding the protection of minorities and the safety of journalists.

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Thank you, Mr Vice-President,

The UK welcomes Afghanistan’s progress in passing the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women, the growth of an independent and diverse media, and increased access to education for girls.

However, significant challenges remain. Gender-based violence, the protection of minorities, the safety of journalists and civilian casualties remain critical issues.

We recommend:

  1. Establishing an independent mechanism to assess how religious and ethnic minorities can be better protected against violent attacks.

  2. Fully implementing the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women, and the 2018 penal code, by ensuring that cases of violence against women and girls are appropriately investigated and prosecuted through the criminal justice system, and that judges and prosecutors are sufficiently resourced to do their jobs.

  3. Implementing the National Child Labour Strategy and Action Plan, investigating those suspected of being complicit in child exploitation and prosecuting those found responsible.

Thank you Mr Vice-President.

Published 21 January 2019