Afghanistan Presents its National Report to the Second Cycle of the UPR Working Group

The eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group under its second cycle was held from 27 January to 7 February during which New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Cambodia, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, the Dominican Republic and Viet Nam were reviewed.

Afghanistan’s review scheduled on 27th of January was presented by Afghan delegation headed by Mr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, Senior Advisor of Ministry of Justice. The Troikas for Afghanistan were United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Benin who acted as rapporteurs. During the interactive dialogue on Afghanistan 89 States presented their statements, questions and recommendations.

While acknowledging the current challenges Afghanistan is facing, most of countries that participated in the interactive dialogue on Afghanistan commended the Government of Afghanistan for its active role in protecting and promoting the Human Rights of its citizen and appreciated all policies and strategies developed by the Government to advance the right to health including the development of a public health program entitled as “Health for All Afghans”. States also praised the Government of Afghanistan for developing a national action plan on women, peace and security for post 2014 and adopting additional measures for greater participation and protection of women.

Afghanistan received a total of 222 recommendations, out of which it accepted 178 recommendations, rejected 12 recommendations and the remaining recommendations will be soon considered by the Government of Afghanistan and will report back to the Human Rights Council.

The Adoption of the draft report of the UPR Working Group on Afghanistan was successfully adopted on Friday, 31st January 2014.