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National Human Rights Programme for Afghanistan (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) Phase 5.

Budget : CHF 1'850'000

Topic : Rule of Law / Democracy / Human rights

Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

Legal and judicial development

Description : The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has a constitutional mandate to promote and protect human rights of women, men, girls and boys living in Afghanistan. Towards that end, the AIHRC lobbies and works with the Afghan government. It contributes to significantly enhance human rights awareness of Afghan people. Switzerland, together with a number of other development partners, supports the AIHRC financially, technically and when required politically.

Background : Gross human rights violations took place in Afghanistan during the last 3-4 decades of war and continue to occur. The Afghan Constitution (2004) guarantees universal human rights. Efforts over the past 12 years led to improvements in terms of freedom of expression, good governance, access to education and health care, among others. Despite such promising achievements, there are still many challenging areas for the promotion and protection of human rights and particularly women s rights in the country. These include: weak rule of law and continuation of impunity, access to justice, corruption, harmful traditions, growing conservative attitudes towards human rights values, growing threats to journalists in recent years and the worsening security situation.

Objectives : A just, democratic and developed society where human rights are protected, respected and fulfilled.

Target groups :


-Women, children, people with disabilities and general Afghan population

-The Afghan state/government (all three branches)

-CSOs, media

-Education institutions (universities, schools)

Directorate/federal office responsible : SDC

Credit area : Development cooperation

Project partners : Contract partner

Foreign state institutions

- Central State of South East

Other partners :

-Other donors: Australia, Canada (lead donor), Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom

-United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, ICRC, international NGOs

-Other South Asian national human rights institutions

-International Coordination Committee - National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI-ICC)

Project completion date : 2019-03-31 12:00:00


Address : Freiburgstrasse 130,

3003 Berne

Country :Switzerland

Url :

Financier : Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF),United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

Financier address : United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

One United Nations Plaza


New York, NY

United States

Website :

Telephone: +1 2129065000

Fax: +1 2129065364

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Date:Aug 11, 2015
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