Protection of Minority Communities in Afghanistan: A UN HRC Side Event
Join us on the margins of the U.N. Human Rights Council for a discussion concerning the violence and suppression minority communities face in Afghanistan and what protections the global community should pursue. Translation will be available in Dari and Pashto.
The United States and European Union, in cooperation with Freedom House, invite you to a conversation about the protection of minority communities in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, June 28
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. EDT
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, targeted attacks against and arbitrary detention of ethnic and religious minority communities have continued with little to no accountability.
When journalists have tried to report on the situation, they have been stopped (sometimes by force) by the Taliban. Members of minority communities have advocated for increased documentation, especially as suppression of local media continues. Afghanistan's minority communities need protection and to be able to share their experiences unimpeded.
- Tomas Niklasson, EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan
- Rina Amiri, US Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights
- Dr. Sima Samar, Former Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission
- Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan
- Asef Syal, Ahmadiyya Missionary
Moderated by Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Executive Vice President at Freedom House
Translation will be available in Dari and Pashto.