By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh in a ceremony held yesterday on the occasion of marking International Human Rights Day and National Day to Remember War Victims in Kabul said peace without human rights and justice would not last.
Addressing the ceremony, second vice president Sarwar Danesh added human rights activists, women and civil society organizations including media should have active and meaningful presence in the country’s peace process.
“From the government side, we have always said that human rights and women rights are one of our key principles for any peace plans and no peace plans should ignore these values and achievements of human rights,” Danesh said, stressing that all the people in particular relevant organizations and international partners should stand beside Afghanistan government to support these principles of Afghanistan government.
Pointing to value and position of human rights in Afghanistan, second vice president said Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has had considerable achievements in international level after 18 years of continued work in the country as AIHRC has been reaccredited as A-Status institution by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.
Second vice president stressed that the main cause of lack of success in implementation of human rights is not the continued war, insecurity and poverty but the main problem was that they have not accepted human rights so far, saying that all should work to review their social and religious thoughts to institutionalize the human rights values in the country.
In the ceremony, head of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Shahrzad Akbar delivered speech and by pointing to works and activities of the commission for the expansion and implementation of human rights values in Afghanistan said that there were still challenges towards implementation of values of human rights in the country.
Assuring of strong determination for institutionalization of the human rights values in the country, Shahrzad Akbar stressed on continued cooperation of various organizations in expansion of human rights priorities.
Meanwhile, UN envoy for Afghanistan Yamamoto also delivered speech and by pointing to achievements of AIHRC and Afghanistan government towards respecting values of human rights said all achievements obtained in the past 18 years in human rights, women rights and war victims should be protected.