Afghanistan

Annan voices deep concern at weekend series of deadly bombings in Afghanistan

Noting the high death toll from the two explosions in Afghanistan over the weekend, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his deep concern at the continuing violent attacks on the country's electoral process.

No casualties after blast apparently targets election workers in Afghanistan

As polling officials in Afghanistan began training today for the country's upcoming elections, the United Nations temporarily stopped road missions to Rodat District in Nangarhar province after a blast apparently targeted election workers there.

UN and Pakistan sign accord to strengthen battle against drug trafficking, crime

In a bid to enhance law enforcement in states bordering Afghanistan, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today announced a new technical assistance agreement to strengthen key agencies in Pakistan in the battle against drug trafficking and organized crime.

Afghanistan: UN expert denounces abuses in illegal prisons

A United Nations Independent Expert on Afghanistan is denouncing abuses taking place at an illegal jail there, and seeking answers from the United States on getting the prisoners released.

UN convoys of returning Afghan refugees halted by fighting in west

At least 13,000 Afghans returning home from Iran have become stranded on the border or in an overcrowded transit camp because of fighting this week in western Afghanistan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today as he spotlighted fears about the country’s security situation.

UN health agency seeks to curb debilitating skin disease in Afghanistan

With an epidemic of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Afghanistan threatening to escalate out of control without immediate action, the United Nations health agency today launched an emergency campaign combining drug treatment and insecticide-treated nets to curb the debilitating skin disease spread by sand flies.

Afghanistan: UN anti-drug official hails new decree against narcotics

The senior United Nations anti-drug official in Afghanistan today welcomed the issuance of a religious decree condemning narcotics and related activities.

Top UN envoy for Afghanistan condemns latest killing of electoral workers

The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today condemned in the strongest terms the murder Friday of two Afghan electoral workers in an attack on their convoy.

UN condemns killing of 2 aid workers in Afghanistan

United Nations officials in Afghanistan today denounced the killing Wednesday of two German aid agency workers in an ambush in the country’s southeast.

Afghanistan: UN mission hails voter numbers as end to registration drive approaches

Afghanistan’s voter registration programme will largely finish on 15 August, the country’s electoral authorities announced today, as results indicate that more than 90 per cent of the estimated eligible pool of citizens have already enrolled to vote.