Afghanistan

UN officials decry reported Taliban edict on singling out non-Muslims

United Nations officials today decried a reported proposal by the Taliban which would require all non-Muslims in Afghanistan to wear identity labels on their clothing.

70,000 Afghan refugees in makeshift camp in Pakistan get emergency aid from UN

Extremely concerned at the plight of some 70,000 Afghan refugees living in an insecure, makeshift site in Pakistan, the United Nations has begun providing them with temporary emergency assistance pending a more permanent decision on their relocation.

Taliban shuts down 4 UN political offices in Afghanistan

Following through on a decision announced earlier this month, the Taliban has shut down all but two United Nations political offices in Afghanistan, a United Nations spokesman reported today.

Taliban create obstacles for aid community in Afghanistan, UN office says

The aid community is facing increasing obstacles from Taliban authorities in carrying out its work in Afghanistan, in violation of agreements that spell out conditions for continued humanitarian assistance by the United Nations, the Islamabad-based Office of the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan said today.

Funds urgently needed to stem Afghanistan's displacement crisis: UN official

Funds are urgently needed to stem Afghanistan's growing displacement crisis, which is being fuelled by the twin scourges of severe drought and intensifying civil war, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN to close political offices in Taliban-controlled parts of Afghanistan

Following recent high-level contacts between the United Nations and the Taliban, the UN has agreed to close a number of its political offices in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Afghanistan: top UN refugee official continues push for temporary ceasefire

The United Nations top refugee official continued today his mission in Afghanistan, pressing for a temporary ceasefire so that relief workers could reach civilians currently inaccessible in the war-ravaged country.

Afghanistan: Taliban reject truce appeal by UN refugee official

A high-level Taliban minister said today that the group would not honour a temporary truce that was sought by the visiting head of the United Nations refugee agency in an effort to bring aid to vulnerable Afghans currently inaccessible in the conflict-ravaged country.

Afghanistan: top UN refugee official continues push for temporary ceasefire

The United Nations top refugee official continued today his mission in Afghanistan, pressing for a temporary ceasefire so that relief workers could reach civilians currently inaccessible in the war-ravaged country.