AIHRC Annual Report 1389 (2010/2011)
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Words from the Chair
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has, based on its new Four-Year Strategic and Action Plan (2010 – 2013) and its constitutional mandate, been involved in promoting, protecting and monitoring human rights in the country. The Strategic Plan highlights five key areas of intervention for the AIHRC: 1) leadership; 2) education; 3) empowerment; 4) advocacy, and; 5) monitoring and investigation.
As a promising move in 2010, the government of Afghanistan has committed itself to contribute a sum of USD 500,000, as a development budget to the AIHRC’s annual expenses. The AG also promised that based on the mid-term review a contribution of another sum of USD 500,000 to the AIHRC’s annual budget.
Various issues were AIHRC’s concerns throughout the 1389. Deterioration of security, increased numbers of civilian casualties, corruption and particularly the case of Kabul Bank, specific cases of rape by local police, women and child trafficking, the parliamentary election and its problematic outcome, ambiguity in peace and reintegration policies, over emphasis on military aspect of the Transition overshadowing the civilian aspect of it, continuation of impunity and weak performance of legal and judiciary institutions are of specific mention and challenges.
The above-mentioned concerns have direct negative impact on overall situation of human rights, and effective engagement of civil society and free media institutions in the country, which has structurally been narrowing since the last reporting of the AIHRC in 2010. The AIHRC is very much concerned about the human rights, and in particular about women’s and children’s rights situation from one hand, and the growing political dilemma between the state organs.
Meanwhile the AIHRC had, unexpectedly, experienced a financial crisis for over four months towards end of 2010, which had, indeed, a direct impact over AIHRC human rights activities, and particularly its outreach in monitoring the parliamentary election. However, the commission continued its joint efforts with civil society and media institutions in enhancing their advocacy and lobbying initiatives. Media coverage of AIHRC’s activities has significantly been improved.
The AIHRC has never, due to security challenges, closed any of its offices, but scaled down their activities particularly in Kandahar province.
The AIHRC remains committed to implement its strategic and action plan, for which the AIHRC sincerely likes to thank its staff, partner organizations, and particularly the international community for extending their timely cooperation and financial assistance to the AIHRC towards it strategic and annual plans.
We hope all these efforts would get us closer to a society, where everyone’s human rights and security and access to justice and social services are promoted and protected.
Dr. Sima Samar,
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
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