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December 16, 2018
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Human rights values should not be sacrificed in peace process, VP Danesh

KABUL: At the presence of Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, a ceremony held to mark 70th anniversary of human rights world declaration approval, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported on Tuesday.
According to the agency, VP Danesh appreciated the works done over the last more than one and half a decade by Ms. Sima Samar to promote and clarify the human rights values.
Pointing at human rights declaration teachings and regulations, second vice president Sarward Danesh said over the last seventy years, Afghanistan has always made effort to observe the human rights values and include its contents in constitutions and other laws.
He called killing civilians, violence against women, children’s deprivation from civil rights, desert courts, kidnaping, children and women harassment among the painful examples of human rights violations.
Steps have been taken in this regard but they have not been enough to reach the goal, he further said.
He stressed that this is the government and Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) to pay further heed to tackle these problems.
He added Afghan people’s all concerns have been considered in a peace roadmap recently proposed by President Ghani.
During the ceremony, AIHRC chairwoman asked the government to consider war victims’ rights and demands in peace process.
She also criticized that the government has not paid serious heed to pave the way for women effective role in the government administrations and peace process
Attorney General Farid Hamidi also stressed on protection of civil achievements and Afghanistan’s recent values in peace process as well as negotiations with the government armed insurgents.
Lauding the government particularly AIHRC’s efforts to institutionalize human rights values, UN representative on human rights appreciated the activities done in this regard.
He added the international community particularly the United Nations are committed to support the Afghan government plans in term of human rights.
The ceremony was attended by chairwoman of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Dr. Sima Samar, a number of cabinet members, national assembly members, ambassadors, diplomats, international entities’ representatives, human rights activists and a number of media staff.

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