Afghanistan

UN condemns ‘heinous’ suicide attack on education centre in Afghanistan

The perpetrators of Wednesday’s “heinous” suicide bombing that killed students at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, must be brought to justice, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Afghanistan: UN chief calls for 'urgent' ceasefire and opening of peace talks

After days of intense fighting for the Afghan city of Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, the United Nations Secretary-General and the Head of the UN  mission in the country (UNAMA) have denounced the toll that the almost 20-year conflict has taken on civilians, and called on warring parties to lay down their arms and seek a political solution to the conflict.

News in Brief 15 August 2018

  • ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief
  • Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni
  • UN Human Rights experts commend court decision against Monsanto
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News in Brief 13 August 2018

  • Report underscores need to respect human rights during Somalia elections
  • UN Mission welcomes progress towards Afghanistan elections
  • Rights experts call for immediate release of Bangladesh photographer
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Suicide attack killing dozens at prayer in Afghan mosque ‘may amount to war crimes,’ says top UN official

A suicide attack that took place inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing 48 and injuring more than 70, has been condemned by the head of the UN Mission in the country who said it “may amount to war crimes.”

Death of local UN staffer in latest Afghan suicide attack highlights tragic toll of violence against civilians

The death of a local United Nations staff member in a suicide attack on Wednesday in the city of Jalalabad, has highlighted the tragic and relentless effects of terrorist attacks targeting civilians across Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Jalalabad attacks provoke ‘outrage’ and ‘strongest’ condemnation from UN Mission

As part of a recent pattern of attacks in Afghanistan, at least 13 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded on Tuesday in Jalalabad, drawing “outrage” and condemnation “in the strongest terms” from the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly attack near Kabul airport

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack outside Kabul’s airport that reportedly killed and injured scores of civilians.

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month’s unprecedented ceasefire between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, the United Nations reported on Sunday.

Afghanistan: Bring ‘architects’ of latest ‘appalling’ suicide bombing to justice, says deputy UN mission chief

In the wake of dozens of civilian deaths – the most recent, a suicide attack in Jalalabad on Sunday – a high-level United Nations representative on the ground called for “the architects of this appalling crime” to be brought to justice.