Robinson welcomes establishment of human rights commission in Afghanistan

6 June 2002

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has "warmly welcomed" today's signing in Kabul of a decree establishing the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

"The signing of the Decree is symbolic of the close cooperation between the Afghan Interim Administration, Afghan civil society and the United Nations," Mary Robinson said in a statement released in Geneva. "The process has been transparent and inclusive, and the decree vests the Commission with broad scope and competence for promoting and protecting the human rights of the Afghan people," she added.

Mrs. Robinson assured the Afghan authorities of her Office's continued support "as this important institution faces the challenges of becoming effectively established and appropriately equipped to discharge its mandate."

 

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