By Émile Kinley-Gauthier, FORUM-ASIA
During this session, Afghanistan was only discussed twice; once as a minor mention in the context of Syria, and once by three NGOS during the General Debate on racism and racial discrimination.
Apart from being relatively active on Item 6 UPR (Afghanistan delivered statements at the adoption of the UPR outcomes of Ireland, Sudan, Hungary and Tajikistan) Afghanistan largely remained silent, choosing to deliver only one additional statement, during the General Debate following the High Commissioner’s update. This statement focused on the use of terrorism as a policy by some States to influence other countries. In this regard, Afghanistan called for an analysis of the sources of financing of terrorist networks operating on its territory.
Afghanistan chose to sponsor the resolution on NHRIs (A/HRC/RES/33/15), keeping with its previous sponsorship of a resolution of the same nature at the 27th session. In addition, the State sponsored a resolution on the protection of cultural heritage (A/HRC/RES/33/20) and co-sponsored another one on transitional justice (A/HRC/RES/33/19).