Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

UN mission set to open new offices in Afghanistan

At a press briefing in Kabul yesterday, Tom Koenigs, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, explained that the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) has established several new offices in Afghanistan and are scheduled to open more in the next few months. Koenigs stressed the importance of UNAMA operating in as many, and as different communities as possible.

According to Mr. Koenigs, “UNAMA will be there to bring other agencies and donors into the provinces, to support the local Governors and help coordinate the efforts of other aid agencies to ensure that development is efficiently planned.”

He also wished to convey the message that “Human rights violations including the violence of war, particularly against civilians, occur locally. And therefore allegations of human rights violations have to be verified locally.”

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