Afghanistan

News in Brief 3 March 2021

  • COVID-19 crisis forced more than 168 million children to miss class in 2020 
  • Condemnation over targeted killing of three women journalists in Afghanistan 
  • Nigeria: Children traumatised by abduction need urgent rehabilitation, say UN experts 
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News in Brief 23 February 2021

  • First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives
  • Oxygen shortage hits 500,000 virus sufferers in developing countries 
  • ‘Disturbing spike’ in Afghan civilian casualties linked to peace talks  
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‘Disturbing spike’ in Afghan civilian casualties after peace talks began: UN report

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan witnessed a sharp rise since peace negotiations started in September last year, even though overall deaths and injuries dropped in 2020, compared to the previous year, according to a UN human rights report launched Tuesday. 

Fire at Afghan-Iranian border hits vital humanitarian assistance: UN migration agency

A catastrophic fire on Saturday, at a border between Afghanistan and Iran has damaged an UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) reception centre, stalling services for Afghan migrants returning to their country. 

News in Brief 15 February 2021

  • Afghanistan: 65 media workers, rights defenders killed since 2018
  • Three die in Ebola outbreak in southern Guinea   
  • WTO appoints first female and first African leader
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Afghanistan: 65 media workers, rights defenders killed since 2018

Sixty-five journalists, media professionals and human rights defenders were killed in Afghanistan between 1 January 2018 and 31 January 2021, with 11 losing their lives since the start of peace negotiations last September, the UN Mission in the country said on Monday. 

Hopes and fears of mother-to-be in Afghanistan

A mother in Afghanistan has been talking about the hopes and fears for her unborn daughter in a country where the birth of a girl can often be a curse rather than a blessing. Women and girls, in particular, often suffer abuse at the hands of men in a male-driven society where boys are sometimes valued above girls. 

Afghanistan: Detainee torture allegations remain ‘alarming’, UN report reveals

Torture claims among people detained for security or terrorism-related offences in Afghanistan remain high, according to a new UN human rights report published on Wednesday. 

Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan

The UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the added impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Improved Afghan law still fails victims of sex crimes and violence against women, UN report finds

Afghanistan’s justice system is continuing to fail female victims of violence and sex crimes, despite a 2009 law that was hailed as a significant step forward in legal efforts to protect them, according to a UN report published jointly on Monday by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).