UN Appoints Special Rapporteur to Monitor Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan

The United Nations’ (UN) human rights body appointed a special rapporteur on Oct. 7 to monitor the situation of human rights in Taliban-led Afghanistan.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a European Union-led resolution to appoint an independent expert backed with special advisers to report on the developing human rights situation in Afghanistan for a period of one year.

The resolution passed with 28 votes in favor, five against, and 14 abstentions.

According to the resolution, the rapporteur will assist in fulfilling the human rights obligations indicated in international treaties that Afghanistan has ratified and make recommendations to improve the developing human rights situation.

The Council also mandated the rapporteur “to  seek, receive, examine, and act on information from all relevant stakeholders” and “to integrate a gender perspective and a survivor-centered approach.”

The rapporteur will also present a written report to the Council and to the UN General Assembly.

Human rights group Amnesty International described the appointment as “an important first step towards robust UN oversight of human rights situation” in Afghanistan, but also said that it “fell short” on what they had hoped to see.

“With the speed at which the situation on the ground is developing, it’s imperative that a mandate holder is appointed as urgently as possible and provided, in a timely manner, with all necessary resources to conduct their work,” Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard said.

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