Islamic Emirate reacts to UNAMA’s Human Rights report

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Some officials of the Islamic Emirate reacted to UNAMA’s report regarding the human rights situation in Afghanistan.

The acting Minister of Vice and Virtue accused the US and the international community of interfering in the affairs of Afghanistan.

Talking at a gathering in southeastern Paktia province, Mohammad Khalid Hanafi, the acting Minister of Vice and Virtue, said the international community is pressing them under the pretext of human rights.

“If the international community thinks that if they bring pressure on the Islamic Emirate they will drag them one step back from their stance, I swear that as long as we breath, we will not take even one step back from Sharia law,” he said.

Hanafi also denied the claims in the report regarding violations of human rights in Afghanistan.

“The report published … by the human rights I can tell you that it is not true from A to Z,” he said.

“After the Islamic Emirate swept into power, the humanitarian situation has improved in every aspect in Afghanistan and the killing of people has been stopped,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

Meanwhile, some analysts said the report of the UN is unbiased.

“We may not have complete access to all aspects, but the reports of human rights are usually neutral and the main point is that the UN is the only international partner of the government in Afghanistan and they are trying to find better ways,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

“It is the right time that an important organization (UN) covered the human rights situation,” said Ghulam Sakhi, a political analyst.

Meanwhile, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general at a press briefing on Friday said that the United Nations is ready to help the parties in the Afghan conflict in achieving peace in the country.

“We stand ready to assist the parties as requested our role must and will always be in support of the Afghan people must be agreeable to the parties in the conflict,” he said.

When asked about regional diplomacy on the Afghan peace process, the UN official said that the UN secretary general has been in touch with various stakeholders including the Americans, Russians, Qataris and Turkish officials.

“The secretary-general and others have been in touch with the Americans, the Russians, and the Qataris and the Turks and many other parties. We feel there is a positive momentum from the international community in terms of coordination and on moving forward on helping the Afghan parties find peace for the sake of the people of Afghanistan,” the UN spokesman said.

“We are continuing our discussions and we will do whatever we can to support and do what is requested of us within the framework I have already spoken about,” he added.

This comes at a time that Istanbul is preparing to host a UN-led conference in Turkey – proposed by the US on the peace process in Afghanistan.

The Turkey conference was proposed by the US in a letter by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, this month.

In his letter, Blinken puts forth suggestions to the Afghan government to accelerate the peace process, including convening a UN-facilitated conference with international stakeholders, proposals to facilitate discussion between the two sides to form a negotiated settlement and ceasefire, a meeting in Turkey between both sides to finalize a peace agreement, and a revised proposal for a 90-day reduction in violence.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said the UN-led meeting on Afghan peace “is planned to be held in Istanbul in April.”

The Afghan government on Saturday the Afghan government will participate in the UN-led conference in Turkey – proposed by the US – and the Moscow conference on Afghanistan’s peace.

Meanwhile, Russia has said that it is in favor of Afghanistan forming an interim government including members of the Taliban as new meetings are expected to be held on the Afghan peace process in Turkey and in Moscow.

“The formation of an interim inclusive administration would be a logical solution to the problem of integrating the Taliban into the peaceful political life of Afghanistan,” Russia’s WioNews reported on Friday quoting Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

Zakharova however added that the decision should be made “by the Afghans themselves and should be resolved during negotiations on national reconciliation.”—Tolonews

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