Annual Report 2019

Introduction

The Annual Report of the Commission includes the activities and achievements made by the Commission’s headquarters and 14 Regional and Provincial Offices during the current fiscal year. In this report, the Commission’s activities are analyzed with a result-based approach and the results of the activities are clearly calculated. The Commission has carried out its activities within the framework of its mandate, objectives and strategies, and has achieved significant results.

This report is the 17th annual report of the Commission that represents the Commission's activities during 2019. This report analyzes the Commission's activities separately under three strategic objectives. In this report, attempts are made to reflect the activities and achievements of the Commission in a concise and clear way and to avoid addressing marginal questions. Taking into account the principle of transparency and accountability, the Commission also annexed its financial report so that the institutions and citizens would be aware of all the Commission's operations and expenditures.

Although, the Commission faced financial challenges and constraints during 2019, there were still widespread efforts to implement the Commission's Action Plan effectively. The report shows that the Commission has been able to work successfully and effectively in a variety of areas, including monitoring, advocacy, implementation of training programs, and case registration.

Finally, the AIHRC expresses its gratitude and appreciation to all the AIHRC staff who have worked hard to implement the plans and objectives of the AIHRC, and have contributed to the preparation of this report, and many thanks to Mr. Asadullah Pazhman for compiling this report.

Summary

Despite the constraints and budget shortfalls during 2019, the Commission has performed its activities well. Yet, unfortunately this year about 70 % of the activities were completed, but, due to lack of funding some critical programs such as capacity building programs, some training programs and evaluation trips failed. Here is a brief overview of the main activities and the detailed findings are explained in the report.

Launching a big conference on peace, holding 11 press conferences and publishing 63 press releases, conducting 549 interviews and attending radio and television programs (418 times), participating in 6 international programs, conducting national inquiry, and a survey on implementation of three SDG goals in Afghanistan, establishment of 52 Human Rights Volunteer Councils, holding 68 advocacy programs and attending 158 advocacy meetings, conducting 4 meetings on the prohibition of torture were among the main activities undertaken under the strategic objective-one (leadership).

Conducting 31 training programs for defense and security organs in Kabul, 24 training workshops in provinces, 14 training workshops for justice and judicial institutions, 7 workshops for health care providers, 7 academic seminar, 488 half-day training session for different strata of society, 94 International Human Rights Days commemoration by all Commission’s Offices, conducting teacher to children education program, 14 training course, signing 56 memoranda with universities, 14 training workshop for civil society organizations, 42 media coordination meetings, annual staff evaluation, and publication of Annual Report-1397 were among the most important activities undertaken by the AIHRC under the second strategic objective (promotion and empowerment). 

Continuous and monthly monitoring of detention centers, monitoring of specific centers (1392 times), including health centers, safe shelters and orphanages, conducting human rights situation field monitoring programs, monitoring the situation of children in the border, monitoring of the practices of defense and security organs, monitoring the process of civil protests and demonstrations, monitoring the electoral process, monitoring the implementation of pardon and commutation decrees, publishing research reports, recording and documenting cases of human rights violations and violence against women and children, advocacy for victims and monitoring the situation of IHL and advocacy for victims of war are among the activities undertaken by the AIHRC throughout the year under third strategic objective (monitoring and protection).

 

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