Universal Periodic Review of Afghanistan: NPWJ submits contribution on the dismal state of human rights and rule of law in the country

11 Oct, 2023 | Press Releases

Rome-Brussels, 11 October 2023

In light of the fourth cycle of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of Afghanistan, Non c’è Pace Senza Giustizia (No Peace Without Justice) has submitted a written contribution outlining urgent concerns on issues that threaten the Afghan judicial system evolved and issues related to violations of human rights.

The document covers violations of the right to life, enforced disappearances, the right to freedom of expression and media and other human rights as well as the limitations imposed on the rights of women and girls. It also covers violations regarding the collapse of Afghanistan’s judicial and legal system with a special focus on arbitrary arrests and detention, the situation regarding access to justice and the use of the judiciary as a tool of oppression, which leads to a phenomenon also known as rule by law, contrary to rule of law. Specific concerns linked to court rulings and proceedings as well as practices linked to law enforcement demonstrate that this system appears to accept disrespect of human rights and the use of violence as a means of maintaining power.

The recommendations will be considered at the 46th Session of the UPR Working Group to be held in May 2024.

For further information, please contact Gianluca Eramo (Director of Operations and Secretary of NPWJ International Committee) on geramo@npwj.org or Nicola Giovannini (Press & Public Affairs Coordinator) on ngiovannini@npwj.org.