OHCHR / BACHELET AFGHANISTAN STATEMENT

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Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, ended her visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, asking the international community to engage in terms of humanitarian assistance, but also basic human needs and human rights. OHCHR

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DATELINE: 11 MARCH 2022, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

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11 MARCH 2022, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, ancient fortress located in the south of the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan
2. Med shot, houses on hills surrounding Kabul, Afghanistan
3. Travelling shot, Kabul airport, arrival Michelle Bachelet
4. Various shots, meeting room, Michelle Bachelet meeting with representative of civil society organizations
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“First of all, we need the internatioal community to engage in terms of humanitarian assistance, but also basic human needs. And we're talking about food, health, et cetera. The second thing is that we should have maintained a strong human rights presence. Soon, the UNAMA mandate will be discussed. I think it should be in the interest of all, including the de facto authorities, the human rights component will be present and. Because in that way, we can accompany the people of Afghanistan”
6. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet arriving at Presidential palace
7. Wide shot, Michelle Bachelet leaving Presidential palace
8. Various shots, street of Kabul
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“ We have to have more women participating in all field of life and also inclusiveness to have ensuring that minorities can have a part in the development of the country of the society.”
10. Various shots, street of Kabul
11. Wide shot, meeting room, Michelle Bachelet meeting with representative of civil society organizations
12. SOUNDBITE (English), Afghan women:
“The foundation of and independence for women and also development of the economic is education. Afghan girls should go back to school and the school should be open for all Afghan girls, and it's not enough for Afghan girls to continue their education until grade seven.”
13. Cut away, Afghan women being interviewed
14. SOUNDBITE (English), Afghan women:
“We want to work for our future. We want to be an example for a new generation.”
15. Cut away, Afghan women being interviewed
16. SOUNDBITE (English), Afghan women:
“Afghan women and girls rights should be respected, as people, as a human.”
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Finally, I would say we have suggested as well that it's very important to pursue this, of course, but also to try to establish an independent national commission of human rights that can receive the criticism of the complaints from the people, but also can raise them with the de facto studies so they can find the right solutions.”
18. Wide shot, Kabul airport, Michelle Bachelet departure


STORYLINE:

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, ended her visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, asking the international community to engage in terms of humanitarian assistance, but also basic human needs and human rights.

“And we're talking about food, health, et cetera. The second thing is that we should maintain a strong human rights presence. Soon, the UNAMA mandate will be discussed. I think it should be in the interest of all, including the de facto authorities that the human rights component will be present because in that way, we can accompany the people of Afghanistan,” Bachelet said.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s Human Rights Service has been in the country for 20 years now doing essential human rights work and accompanying the people of Afghanistan as they have weathered numerous crises and tumults.

Bachelet met with representatives of the de facto authorities and was able to meet civil society representatives – including some remarkable women teachers, doctors, journalists, civil servants and NGO workers.

They powerfully conveyed the urgency of the situation on the ground. And they pleaded for a seat at the table with the de facto authorities, as partners to help chart a way out of this economic, humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan.

The High Commissioner stressed that: “ We have to have more women participating in all fields of life and also inclusiveness to ensure that minorities can have a part in the development of the country, of the society.”

Afghan women who met the High Commissioner shared their thoughts, whilst preferring to remain anonymous in front of the camera “The foundation of and independence for women and also development of the economic is education. Afghan girls should go back to school and the school should be open for all Afghan girls, and it's not enough for Afghan girls to continue their education until grade seven.”

The High Commissioner recognized the significance of the general amnesty granted to officials of the former Government and members of the security forces for having participated in the conflict. This was an important step towards reconciliation after so many years of war.

However, reports suggest that door-to-door searches are continuing and we have publicly documented extrajudicial killings of former officials.

Attacks against these former officials, including judges, as well as human rights defenders and journalists, do continue. While the women protesters and their family members who were arbitrarily arrested and detained in January have now been released, their treatment has meant that there are no longer public demonstrations on women’s rights in Afghanistan.

In recent weeks, cases of individual human rights violations have been raised with the de facto authorities she urged them to ensure that it is made clear that these are not to be tolerated, that they are promptly investigated and those responsible properly held to account. All those detained for exercising their human rights need to be promptly released.

The High commissioner added “Finally, I would say we have suggested as well that it's very important to pursue this, of course, but also to try to establish an independent national commission of human rights that can receive the criticism and the complaints from the people, but also can raise them with the de facto studies so they can find the right solutions.”
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