Afghan civilian deaths show increase over 2012: SRSG KubisListen /
The security environment for Afghan civilians has worsened this year, with a 24 per cent rise in the number of civilians killed and injured, compared to the same time period in 2012.
Word of this comes ahead of next week's Security Council meeting on Afghanistan from the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country, Ján Kubiš.
Kubiš noted "with regret that… the situation of civilians in the country and conflict-related civilian casualties are, indeed, not going in the right direction. On the contrary, the situation has worsened".
Speaking at a news conference in the capital, Kabul, Special Representative Kubiš cited data which showed that 3,092 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict between 1 January and 6 June this year, of which children accounted for 21 per cent–a figure he describes as "unacceptable". He disclosed that anti-government forces were responsible for 74 per cent of the civilian deaths and injuries in the 1 January to 6 June period
“All that shows the continuous strong disregard for the fate of civilians by the insurgency. All that shows continued strong disregard for the rules of law, for the international human rights and humanitarian laws that are regulated how parties should behave in armed conflict.”
The protection of civilians is a key area of work for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Donn Bobb, United Nations.