The Government of Afghanistan and the European Union held their second human rights dialogue in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This dialogue was opened by 2nd Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Sarwar Danish. The Afghan Delegation was led by H.E. Adela Raz Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while the EU delegation was led by H.E. Franz-Michael Mellbin, European Union Special Representative/ Head of delegation to Afghanistan. The Afghan delegation consisted of a number of Deputy Ministers and other governmental official and EU member states participated at ambassadorial level. The dialogue followed up on last year’s human rights dialogue held on 15 June 2015 and allowed for an open exchange of views on the human rights situation in Afghanistan. In particular the cooperation between the EU and Afghanistan on human rights was discussed in light of the upcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan to be held on 4-5 October 2016.
Constructive and frank discussions were held on a range of issues, including women and children’s enjoyment of human rights, torture, access to justice, freedom of expressions and social rights of persons with disabilities. The EU welcomed the significant steps taken by the government since the human rights dialogue in 2015, including the launch of the National Action Plan for Women, peace and security, the launch of the National Action Plan to Combat Torture and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Oversight Mechanism in the AIHRC.
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasized its national and international commitments that are evident in the light of Islamic in the constitution of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasized its commitment to improve the human rights situation in Afghanistan and to launch the necessary judicial reforms. The Government of Afghanistan also thanked to EU and its member states for the generous support to human rights in Afghanistan.
The EU emphasized its commitment to help strengthen human rights and rules of law in Afghanistan, and encouraged the Government of Afghanistan to continue its efforts to improve human rights situation, implement reforms and ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. The next human rights dialogue between Afghanistan and the European Union is planned to be held in Kabul in 2017.