MoU signed on Afghanistan’s second report on UN Convention Against Torture

01 Sep 2013

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kabul: A memorandum of understanding on Afghanistan’s submission of a periodic report on the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) was signed between the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Ershad Ahmadi and UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez today at the Foreign Ministry.
Based on the MoU, the UNDP in accordance with a determined schedule will provide necessary facilities and budget to help the Afghan government prepare the report. The Ministry of Foreign Affair of Afghanistan will hold ongoing consultations with the UNDP and will submit a cumulative financial report to it on a quarterly basis.

Afghanistan acceded to the UNCAT in 1987 and it currently works in 3 major areas, including establishing reporting structures (consisting of leadership, coordination and working group), developing capacity, unifying information and report writing in order to submit its next report.
The UNCAT, which aims to coordinate the efforts of the international community to promote human rights values and fully prevent torture as the most heinous human rights and human dignity violation and degradation, was ratified by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1984. The convention came into force in 1987 and since then the United Nations member states have been acceding to it.
Afghanistan submitted its preliminary report to the United Nation in 1992 and it is due to submit its next report in June 2014.