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Statement of Italy during the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan at the 51st session of the Human Rights Council

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Marie Sol Fulci, took the floor today during the Interactive dialogue on the the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, in the framework of the 51st session of the Human Rights Council.

“We thank the Special Rapporteur for his first report and his presentation, which confirm that the situation in Afghanistan remains deeply alarming, particularly for those who are in the most vulnerable situations and are exposed to higher risks, women and girls, children, human rights defenders, journalists and media workers, persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTIQ+ persons and servants of the Republic’s government” stated the Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy, adding that “We are also extremely concerned about the shrinking space for civil society and restrictions on fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression”. She underlined that this situation, further exacerbated by the humanitarian crisis, requires a sustained attention of this Council and of the international community as a whole.

The Deputy Permanent Representative further underlined that “Italy reiterates the call for an immediate end to all human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Afghanistan”.

“We appreciate the fact that the accountability was taken in due consideration by the Special Rapporteur in the activities carried out so far and deem that this component of his mandate should be further strengthened in the future”, the Deputy Permanent Representative Fulci added, while also assuring, in conclusion that “Italy will continue to stand with the Afghan people and to support the UN efforts, including through UNAMA, to monitor the human rights situation and promote the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Afghanistan”.

Read the full statement here.