Afghanistan

UN Mission in Afghanistan gravely concerned about ill-treatment of prisoners by Taliban, following first-hand testimony

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed “grave concern” on Sunday over “credible accounts” it has been given that Taliban militants have been mistreating prisoners, which in some cases “may amount to torture”. 

Why UNICEF’s $7 million funding appeal is so important for Afghan children

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has just made an appeal for $7 million to help treat extremely vulnerable children who are suffering from the worst form of malnutrition. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, UNICEF Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac explains how the agency provides help throughout the war-torn country – and what could happen if it doesn’t get the funding it needs.

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News in Brief 24 May 2019

  • $7 million funding appeal to help most vulnerable children in Afghanistan
  • UN health agency applauds Brazilian compensation bid from tobacco giants
  • Myanmar refugees face even greater water shortages in Bangladesh camps
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Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF

In Afghanistan, children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, unless $7 million in funding is found within weeks, UNICEF said on Friday.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016. 

UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against ‘sustainable peace’

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more “unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people”.

Despite progress towards peace, Afghanistan facing ‘daunting challenges’ ahead of presidential vote

The UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, hailed on-going efforts made towards peace and the engagement of women and youth across the country, but warned the Security Council on Monday that “daunting challenges” remain.

Another sombre milestone for Afghanistan: 2018 saw record civilian deaths – UN report

With over 3,800 civilian women, children and men killed in just one year, Afghanistan has hit yet another “deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable” record, according to a new report issued on Sunday by the UN political mission in the country (UNAMA) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

News in Brief 17 January 2019

  • Former Côte d'Ivoire president remains behind bars, despite acquittal
  • ‘Deplorable conditions’ in Syria’s Rukban settlement
  • UN rallies communities to counter extremists with national unity
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