UNDP-USAID Observance Focuses on Afghan University Students

Dec 8, 2013

UNDP Afghanistan: Minister of Justice, Mr. Habibullah Ghalib; also seen is Ms. Fawzia Koofi, Member of Parliament and the USAID Representative to Afghanistan, Ms. Jessica Zaman.

Respect for Human Rights Key to Peace Process in Afghanistan, Says Minister

Protecting and fulfilling human rights of all citizens is not only important for every Government, but it becomes essentially significant for post conflict countries such as Afghanistan. Respect and promotion of human rights are, in fact, key ingredients for any kind of peace process. This was stated by the Afghanistan Minister of Justice, Mr. Habibullah Ghalib at a special function held here, as part of the International Human Rights Day celebrations in Afghanistan.

“There is still a lot to be done as citizens living in the most remote areas are still not familiar with the national legal framework and the human rights they are entitled to, as citizens”, Mr. Ghalib noted.

As part of the UNDP and USAID-supported celebrations that focused on engagement with University students, a series of activities comprising a human rights exhibition, a human rights quiz, theatre performances, and a concert marked the International Human Rights Day observance in Afghanistan. The event was organized at the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU).

A full-day exhibition was held in the ACKU premises with around 25 stands featuring legal and human rights materials produced by relevant Civil Society Organizations, the United Nations and USAID. A human rights quiz involving students from leading Universities of the country was organized to test and expand the human rights knowledge of University students.

In his remarks at the Opening of the day-long observance, the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Mark Bowden said that UNDP had for long been a trusted partner to national institutions in supporting the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights through capacity development interventions that target not only Government officials but also rights-holders.

“As a member of the New Deal for Fragile States, Afghanistan has made much progress in establishing systems and mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights. Afghanistan has ratified seven international human rights conventions which lay a strong foundation for the socio, economic, cultural, civil and political empowerment of the Afghan citizens”, Mr. Bowden noted.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Ms. Fawzia Koofi, Member of Parliament and Head of Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Abdul Rahim Hussainian, a senior representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the USAID Representative to Afghanistan, Ms. Jessica Zaman.

Sixty-five (65) years ago, the international community made a commitment to upholding dignity and justice for all of us, regardless of nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.

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