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Afghanistan: With the opposition of Venezuela, China and Russia, the United Nations established an office to monitor the human rights situation

Afghanistan: With the opposition of Venezuela, China and Russia, the United Nations established an office to monitor the human rights situation

People walk in a square in an old neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo: REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

On Thursday, the European Union won a battle at the United Nations Human Rights Council by securing the appointment of a rapporteur on Afghanistan. Who will be responsible for monitoring the situation in the country and making recommendations.

“It is an essential stage to ensure a Ongoing monitoring, by an independent expert, and to help prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation in Afghanistan”, as stated after the text was adopted by the representative of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, Lotte Knudsen.

“The rights of women and girls are of great concern to us”he added.

decision which Create this course’s mandate for one year, with the support of the United States and the Afghan diplomat appointed by the previous government, and Adopted by 28 countries, despite the opposition of five others (China, Russia, Venezuela, Pakistan, and Eritrea), While 14 abstained.

European Council President, Charles Michel, and European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, in file photo (EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ)
European Council President, Charles Michel, and European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, in file photo (EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ)

The rapporteur will follow up on the evolution of the human rights situation in the world AfghanistanIt will make recommendations for its improvement. It will also help the country, torn by a humanitarian crisis and insecurity, to “comply with Human rights obligations derive from the international treaties it has ratified and will “provide support and advice to civil society.”

In addition, the European Commission on Thursday asked the bloc countries He pledged to host more vulnerable Afghans.

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In the short term, they have to do it Evacuation efforts continueTo more Afghans, the European Commissioner for the Interior, Ylva Johansson, said at the conclusion of the high-level forum on Afghanistan held on Thursday by the Community Executive Council, in which the foreign ministers of EU countries participated. The European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Afghanistan was one of the topics at the last session of the United Nations General Assembly (Photo: EFE)
Afghanistan was one of the topics at the last session of the United Nations General Assembly (Photo: EFE)

According to the police station, as of today the states The Europeans have managed to evacuate 22,000 Afghans since the withdrawal of the international coalition forces at the end of August after 20 years of presence in the Central Asian country.

As confirmed by Twenty-seven still have ‘long lists of people’ who need to be evacuated and provided with humanitarian visas to come to the EU.”, a task they asked the Commission to coordinate.

“We are happy to do so”, Swedish politics said.

This is an effort that must continue in the short term. In the medium and long term, we also have to focus on the resettlement of neighboring countriesFrom Afghanistan confirmed.

Refugees evacuated from Afghanistan at the Rota Naval Base (Cadiz) (Photo: EFE)
Refugees evacuated from Afghanistan at the Rota Naval Base (Cadiz) (Photo: EFE)

Johansson said so Several EU countries have announced that they will take in more immigrants, albeit not only Afghans, but have avoided giving a concrete figure..

The High Commissioner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, stated this 85,000 Afghans to be resettled from Afghanistan in the next five yearsOf which half could be hosted by the European Union, the commissioner said at the end of the forum.

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(with information from the AFP and EFE)

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