Follow-up Meeting on Afghanistan-EU Human Rights Dialogue

Follow-up Meeting on Afghanistan-EU Human Rights Dialogue

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the European Union held a follow-up meeting on the Afghanistan-EU Human Rights Dialogue on 30 November, which was opened by H.E. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hekmat Karzai, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin European Union Special Representative and Head of Delegation to Afghanistan. The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation participated to this dialogue together with the representatives of other EU member states.
The Afghan Government informed of the many achievements that had been established and the important ongoing work to fulfill the agreed deliverables and indicators from the Human Rights Dialogue on 1 June. There was an open exchange of views on the gender and human rights situation in Afghanistan and on cooperation between the EU and Afghanistan.
Constructive discussions were held on a range of issues, including women’s rights, children’s rights, torture, access to justice, freedom of expression and the rights of socially vulnerable and persons with disabilities.  The EU welcomed some significant steps taken by the government in 2016, including the start of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Ombudsman in AIHRC.
The next human rights dialogue is planned to be held in Kabul in May 2017.

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