Digital Desk, Geneva/New Delhi. Leading an appeal in Geneva for $606 million to support emergency aid for 11 million people in Afghanistan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that even before this, after the Taliban’s capture last month, these people were was in the grip of one of the worst crises of the
Guterres said the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline. After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they are facing perhaps their most dangerous times. Now is the time for the international community to stand with them.
Guterres expressed his concern over the dramatic escalation of need and humanitarian access, saying the country’s new rulers have pledged their cooperation to ensure aid to the people of Afghanistan. Our employees and all support workers should be allowed to do their important work in safety – without harassment, intimidation or intimidation.
One in two Afghans does not know where their next meal is coming from, the UN chief said, adding that by the end of the month it will be difficult for many to get food because winter is approaching.
The poor condition of food, life saving measures and essential health care, maternal health care is a matter of deep concern. Not only this, women’s rights are also under threat from the new rulers of Afghanistan.
UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, referring to the human rights and economic crisis in Afghanistan, said that the country has entered a new and dangerous phase. Many Afghans are also deeply concerned for their human rights, especially for women, ethnic and religious communities.
A statement from Bachelet’s office said whips, batons and ammunition were used on peaceful protesters in Afghanistan last week.
The OHCHR warned last Friday that unauthorized assembly has been banned and telcos have been asked to cut mobile phone and internet connections in specific areas of Kabul.
Referring to those concerns at the high-level conference in Geneva, the UN Secretary-General highlighted the need for food, life-saving interventions and essential health care for the people of Afghanistan.
Guterres also emphasized that strong mechanisms had been established to coordinate humanitarian efforts enshrined in human rights.
Echoing the UN’s determination over the past 20 years to stand up for the people of Afghanistan and defend hard gains for the country’s people, UN Emergency Relief Chief Martin Griffiths noted that he had received a written request from the Taliban leadership. The assurance was given let the relief efforts continue.
These guarantees came after his meeting with the Taliban’s interim leaders in Kabul last week as he urged the country’s new rulers to respect human rights and facilitate access to aid.
Griffith stressed that women and girls should have access to education, among other rights and services.
The UN emergency relief chief said aid workers would also be protected by the Taliban, as would the sanctity of the UN complex. He said that they absolutely agree about the rights of women and freedom of expression in line with the religious and cultural values of the country.