The UN Human Rights Council reopened its fiftieth regular session on 13 June, and it was announced that the situation in Afghanistan will be discussed.
The session is being held in Geneva and will last until July 8.
“Since I last updated you, I have undertaken two country visits. First Afghanistan and most recently China. I will update you separately on Afghanistan on Wednesday,” the High Commissioner for Human rights, Michelle Bachelet, told the session.
This comes as the Islamic Emirate has called on the participant countries in the session to engage with Afghanistan.
The council will also discuss good governance in the promotion and protection of human rights during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The education and work couldn’t be the real rights of Afghan women because these are the basic rights of a human being. The participants should pay attention to rights beyond this issue,” said Farah Mustafavi, a human rights defender.
“To conclude positive results from such sessions, we need to have a national process to show the world we have a specific process which the people wish for, so the world would feel responsible toward Afghanistan,” said Javid Sandel, a political analyst.
Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that Kabul expects the session will pave the way for engagement with the international community.
“Any meeting which can help the people of Afghanistan and can help us in diplomatic affairs, we consider it successful, and we assure the world countries that they should not be worried about Afghanistan. We call on the countries participating in this session to come forward and engage in relations with us,” he said.
Earlier, more than 20 human rights organizations called on the UN Human Rights Council to consider the humanitarian situation of Afghanistan in the session.