Steering Committee for Reporting Implementation of International Treaties Holds Second Meeting
KABUL – The second meeting of the Steering Committee on the process of reporting on the implementation of international conventions was held with a focus on Universal Periodic Review of Afghanistan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with participation of various steering committee members.
At the outset, Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Sayed Mohammad Hashimi talked on the details and dynamics of the reporting process. Following him, other members of the Steering Committee commented on the contents of the report.
The Universal Periodic Review is the Human Rights reporting mechanism established to enhance and develop human rights conditions in the UN member states. Through the UPR, human rights conditions of 42 member states of the United Nations are reviewed every five years.
So far, Afghanistan has presented its report for two periods in 2009 and 2014, based on which it has received 177 recommendations. These recommendations are pertaining issues such as: general, protection and expansion of human rights, human rights institutions, international human rights conventions such as the ICCPR, ICESCR and rights of special persons and groups.
The third UPR of Afghanistan is set to be presented on October 22, 2018. The report contains information on the implementation of recommendations and shall be finalized upon the endorsement of the Steering Committee, and then reviewed by the Office of the Second Deputy President of Afghanistan.