Statement of the Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan  in Rome on The Moscow Format of Consultations on Afghanistan

 

29 November 2022, Rome

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRoA) in Rome, Italy welcomes the joint statement by the participating parties of the Moscow Format of Consultations on Afghanistan, particularly with regard to preventing further exacerbation of the humanitarian catastrophe in the country and working to achieve stability, security and lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The Embassy and Mission of the IRoA in Rome strongly supports the member countries’ emphasis on the need to build upon previous regional and international consensus to establish an inclusive, representative, participatory, and responsive government, without any discrimination, and with the full, equal, meaningful, and safe participation of women and ethnic minorities in Afghanistan. This Embassy and Mission further welcomes the demand of the participating countries for the observance of human rights in Afghanistan, especially the rights of women and ethnic minorities as well as the fundamental freedoms for all Afghans. Agreeing with member countries, this Embassy and Mission also reiterates on the importance of the territorial integrity, sovereignty, the right to self-determination and unity of Afghanistan. Once again, we reassert that Afghanistan’s territory should stop being used as a safe haven by state and non-state terrorist organizations and affiliates for serving their strategic goals that are considered a direct threat to the regional and global security. 

The Embassy and Mission of the IRoA reaffirms that the only way to secure a lasting solution to the current conflict and to achieve a lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, and beyond is through principled negotiations in order to address the aforementioned fundamental issues, and make good on the aspirations of Afghan citizens for a united, sovereign, peaceful and inclusive Afghanistan, where there will be no room for sectarianism and/or discrimination on ethnic, religious, linguistic or any other grounds.

Statement of the Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome on the UN General

Assembly's Session on the Situation in Afghanistan

Rome, 15 November 2022

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRoA) in Rome, Italy welcomes the recent resolution by the U.N. General Assembly, which reflects the continuation of the international consensus and solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

We echo the resolution's concerns about the heinous attacks by terrorist groups against civilians and civilian infrastructure, which have targeted educational facilities, diplomatic premises and personnel, and religious sites belonging to minorities, resulting in devastating consequences for victims and their families. This deplorable pattern reveals the Taliban's complete inability to address threats to security in Afghanistan, the region, and beyond.

We also welcome the resolution's highlight of the plight of internally displaced persons in and refugees from Afghanistan, as well as its strong emphasis on the need to investigate current and past violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights, facilitating effective remedies for victims and bringing those responsible to justice. In this regard, we reiterate our call

for the immediate establishment of an independent investigative mechanism, complementary to the investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Furthermore, we strongly support the resolution's emphasis on the need to establish an inclusive, representative, participatory, and responsive government, without any discrimination, and with the full, equal, meaningful and safe participation of women, persons belonging to minorities, youth and persons with disabilities. We believe at the moment, it has become clear that the Taliban are unwilling and unable to uphold their commitments to the international community and their obligations to the people of Afghanistan.

However, while UN General Assembly’s efforts are greatly appreciated, the Embassy and Mission of IRoA in Rome believes that this resolution underscores the dire humanitarian situation, which continues to worsen, as millions, particularly women and children, face emergency levels of food insecurity. We emphasize the need to ensure aid is not diverted by the Taliban, and instead reaches all those in need. Moreover, while we appreciate generous and dedicated efforts to host refugees, we also remain concerned about their treatment and violations of the principle of non-refoulement. Recalling the obligations of States under international refugee law, we underline the need for stronger action at this critical time, as women, human rights defenders, journalists, and minorities remain at risk.

In line with other Embassies and Missions of the IRoA, this Embassy and Mission considers UN as a rare window of hope with a vital role and authority for protecting the people of Afghanistan. We once again appreciate the UN General Assembly’s efforts and reiterate our commitment to achieving a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan, which ensures the human rights, safety, and dignity of all its citizens.

On October 28 and 29, 2022, under the auspices of the Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome and the University of Bologna, a conference titled "The Future of Afghanistan: Comparative Constitutional Analysis" was held in hybrid at the Embassy headquarters in Rome and at the Campus of Forli, Bologna University.
 
Speakers in this hybrid gathering included professors from various universities in Italy and abroad, researchers, legal and constitutional experts, parliamentarians, Afghan diplomats living abroad, civil society members and women right activists.
 
Indigenous and non-indigenous scholars in this conference reflected on the importance of the constitutional framework as well as ways and means to safeguard the rights and values as envisaged in the current constitution of Afghanistan. They further discussed the past twenty years challenges faced by the governments of Afghanistan in enforcing the ratified constitution of 2004, and proposed some recommendations as desirable reforms to facilitate the enforcing process in the future, should a new inclusive and elected government is established in Afghanistan.
 
The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome - Italy and the University of Bologna concluded this academic conference by publishing the following statement at the end:
Link to the final statement:

Holiday Announcement

Announcement

Please be informed that the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its consulate section in Rome, will be closed on Monday October 31st and Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, due to the holiday of All Saints' Day. The Embassy and its consulate section will resume services on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

 

On behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, we support the statement made by Kuwait, delivered on behalf of the G77, and China on the “State of World’s Forest 2022”.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan wishes to underline the plight of vulnerable developing countries, including Afghanistan, where prolonged political, economic, and social crisis under the Taliban, also had devastating effects on the forest, and land use due to the breakdown in the management of natural resources in Afghanistan.

Due to four decades of conflict and displacement of our population, followed by the forceful taking of power by the Taliban, where a large number of the Afghan population have either left the country through humanitarian corridor or fled the country, Afghanistan area of natural forest has gone down from 1.5 million hectares to about 1 million hectares at present; This is a loss of 50%. Currently, the area under forests is 1.33% of total land area, compared to 2.3% in the 1990s. From 2001 to 2021 27% of tree cover loss occurred in areas, where dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation in Afghanistan. Reports indicate that under the Taliban administration, biodiversity policies are fully neglected and thus the illegal timber trade, though limited to a few eastern provinces, plays an important role in on- going instability in these areas. Hence, this has created a lucrative shadow economy that reaches across the frontier, providing incentives for the Taliban profiting from timber smuggling to perpetuate instability. The degradation of natural resources also directly and severely has harmed the environment and ecosystem, affecting the livelihoods of most of the Afghan population as well as the country’s agriculture and economic development. Let us not forget that healthy societies depend on healthy environment, which are rich in biodiversity.

 

Mr. Chairperson,
Dear Colleagues,

The process of recovery of natural forests is to make the community its custodian, provide training to communities in care to manage forests, replant and maintain barren forest landscape, and aggressively prevent illegal export of forest wood. Considering the close link between forest and rangeland, it is also essential to ensure that the local community is put in charge of both forest and rangeland. Hence, it is proposed that the FAO should concentrate on ways and means of dealing with members of the local Afghan Community in Afghanistan as well as our mutual partners on forest pathways to achieve environmental goals, that could adequately be reflected in the agrifood system’s transformation policies.

Thank you, Chairperson.

Holiday Announcement

Wednesday, 7 September 2022                                                           چهارشنبه  ۱۶ سنبله   ۱۴۰۱    

 

Announcement

 

Please be informed that the Embassy & Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its consulate section in Rome, will be closed on Friday, 9 September 2022, due to the beginning of Martyrs Week and 21st death anniversary of the country’s national hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud. The Embassy and its consulate will resume services on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Rome, 31 August 2022

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome, strongly condemns the continued widespread women and girls’ rights violation by the Taliban across Afghanistan, especially their members’ forced marriages with women and girls since the illegitimate takeover of Afghanistan.

In a video that went viral on social media yesterday, Elaha Dilawarzai, a student at Kabul Medical University and daughter of a former National Defense and Security Forces of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, claims that Qari Saeed Khosti, former spokesperson of the Taliban’s Ministry of Interior has tortured, raped, and forcefully married her. Earlier this year, a report by Amnesty International had also revealed that “members of the Taliban [group] have used their positions of influence and power to force girls and women to marry them”.

These barbaric acts follow the spate of other measures on women and girls by the illegitimate administration of Taliban in Kabul, which prohibits them from secondary and tertiary education, barre them from returning to their jobs, prevent them from boarding aircraft without a male guardian, and ordering them to cover their faces while on air.

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome once again condemns in the strongest possible terms these atrocities and asks for putting an end to the current endemic of fearmongering in the country. This Embassy also calls on the Government of Italy, the international community, and the United Nations to stand in solidarity with Afghan women and girls, and to stress their support for their aspirations for a peaceful, democratic, and pluralistic society based on the promotion of universal respect and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Statement by the Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome Condemning Human Rights Violation by the Taliban in Panjshir, Afghanistan

 

 

Rome, 24 August 2022

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRoA) in Rome – Italy, strongly condemns the continued widespread human rights violation by the Taliban group across Afghanistan, especially as witnessed by the recent arrests and abductions of unarmed civilians in the province of Panjshir.

These graphic evidences suggest that the arbitrary detentions, hostage-takings, torture, and ill-treatment of innocent civilians by the Taliban in the province of Panjshir clearly constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

By enjoying an atmosphere of impunity, the Taliban have intensified their extremist and oppressive rule as well as their disturbing pattern of misogyny, ethnic hatred, violence, and terror. These war crimes and widespread human rights violation repeatedly committed by the Taliban need not only unequivocal condemnation, but also the immediate application of preventive and accountability measures as well as the adoption of new approach in form of the international community’s engagement with the Taliban.

The Embassy and Mission of the IRoA in Rome reiterates its early calls on the international community as a whole, and in particular on the relevant institutions of the United Nations, to pay special attention to and report on these crimes, and to take concrete measures for improving the situation on the ground. It further calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to fulfil its mandate by investigating and holding individual perpetrators, their command chain and leaders accountable so such further crimes are prevented.

We stand with all the people of Afghanistan in protecting our religious and ethnic diversity, and remain fully committed to using all available channels to highlight and report these atrocities committed by the Taliban, while helping facilitate preventive and accountability measures.

 

Holiday Announcement

Please be informed that the Embassy & Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its consulate section in Rome, will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, August 15th, 16th, and 19th 2022, due to Ferragosto in Italy and 103rd Anniversary of Afghanistan’s Independence Day. The Embassy and its consulate will resume services on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17th and 18th 2022.

Statement of the Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome, on the Devastating Floods in Afghanistan

 

Rome, 23 August 2022

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome, is beyond deeply devastated to hear heavy rains triggered flash floods in Logar, Noorsitan, Maidan Wardak, Parwan and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan on Saturday. The deadly floods killed at least 70 people, injured others and destroyed hundred acres of crops as well as many households' assets and livelihood.

This disaster comes at a time when Afghanistan has already been enduring a severe economic and humanitarian crisis over the past one year under the control of the Taliban group. As we sought the support of the international community and humanitarian organizations to provide emergency assessments and crucial relief items to those who are affected, we extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and pray for a speedy recovery of all those who are injured.

The Embassy and Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Rome shall continue to diligently work and cooperate with relevant international organizations to address this issue and facilitate the process of delivering immediate humanitarian aid.  

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