Kabul – Coordination meeting of Steering Committee on Children Affected by Armed Conflict held under the auspices of Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was attended by deputies’ ministers of Interior Affairs, Public Health; Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD); Deputy United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), representative of UNICEF in Afghanistan and members of steering committee.
While pointing out to the importance of this issue and recalling the endeavor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in this regard, Mr. Karzai said, “In accordance with article (7) of the Afghan constitution, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is obliged to observe, protect and realize the human rights values. Maintaining and protecting of children’s rights as the vulnerable group is one of the fundamental priorities of the country’s foreign policy and international relations. Thus, the government of Afghanistan is committed to align the provisions of International Human Rights Instruments and the resolutions of the UN aimed at upholding and realizing children’s rights with its national structures in the areas of legislation, policy making and institution building; and monitor and report on its compliance.”
Afterwards, General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi Senior Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Wassel Noor Mohmand Deputy Minister of (MoLSAMD) said that currently there is no underage recruitment in Afghan National Security Forces and the violators shall be punished based on national enforced laws and procedures of the country.
In conclusion, Mr. Mark Bowden Deputy of UNAMA and Akhil Iyer Representative of UNICEF in Kabul expressed their happiness on progress made towards this issue and called for the protection and realization of children’s rights in different spheres in Afghanistan as well as reassured of their cooperation with the relevant organizations.