At FORUM-ASIA, we employ a range of strategies to effectively achieve our goals and create a lasting impact.

Through a diverse array of approaches, FORUM-ASIA is dedicated to achieving our objectives and leaving a lasting imprint on human rights advocacy.

Who we work with

Our interventions are meticulously crafted and ready to enact tangible change, addressing pressing issues and empowering communities.

Each statements, letters, and publications are meticulously tailored, poised to transform challenges into opportunities, and to empower communities towards sustainable progress.

Multimedia Stories

With a firm commitment to turning ideas into action, FORUM-ASIA strives to create lasting change that leaves a positive legacy for future generations.

Explore our dedicated sub-sites to witness firsthand how FORUM-ASIA turns ideas into action, striving to create a legacy of lasting positive change for future generations.

Subscribe our monthly e-newsletter

[HRC51 Oral Statement] Item 2: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council

Item 2: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan


Delivered by Hafizullah Saeedi

On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

 12 September 2022


Mr. President,

Since the Taliban take over of Afghanistan on 15 August 2021, almost all state institutions, legal system, the judiciary and all other mechanisms that are responsible for upholding human rights and rule of law in Afghanistan have collapsed.

The Taliban has abolished of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Ministry of Women Affairs, replaced the Afghan Constitution with a system based on extreme interpretation of Sharia Law with no regard for the country’s human rights obligations, imposed severe restrictions of women’s rights and their daily life, and completely shut down civic and political space.

Gross violations of human rights, such as arbitrary arrest, torture, enforced disappearances, and extra-judicial killings targeting women, human rights defenders, journalists, and former government employees by the Taliban are widespread and alarming. Ethnic and religious minorities in Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of the Taliban’s atrocities. Human rights defenders, journalists and activists have been forced into hiding or exile fearing persecution. Taliban continues to interfere in the distribution of humanitarian aid from international organisations to divert aid to its loyalists instead of those most in need.

In the absence of all domestic human rights and rule of law institutions or independent reporting, victims of Taliban’s crimes risk being forgotten and ignored by the international community. Only a full-fledged international accountability mechanism with the mandate and resources can document, investigate and account for the full extent and gravity of the crimes that continue to be committed in Afghanistan.

Can the Special Rapporteur elaborate on additional steps the Council can take to ensure investigations and accountability for violations and abuses of human rights being committed in Afghanistan?

Thank you!


For the PDF version of this statement, click here