Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan requires urgent response: HRW
Update: 05 Sep 2021 7:40 AM STI
new York [US]September 5 (ANI): Human Rights Watch (HRW) said foreign donors should take immediate action to ensure needed aid reaches Afghans facing hunger and collapsing health services after the take control of Afghanistan by the Taliban.
In a statement on Friday, HRW said donors must also develop a coordinated action plan to address support for education, the banking system and other critical needs that require cooperation from the Taliban authorities, which threaten basic human rights, in particular the rights of women and girls.
The rights group said much of the former Afghan government was no longer functioning due to financial uncertainties, while humanitarian aid and other aid provided by UN agencies and organizations non-governmental organizations have been severely curtailed due to security concerns, staff evacuations, closures and legal uncertainties.
UN agencies have warned that “a humanitarian catastrophe is looming” and urged donor governments to “dig deep” to fund an emergency flash appeal. The US and the EU have said they will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
“Donor governments are understandably uncomfortable providing assistance and funding to Afghanistan under the Taliban, given their terrible rights record and new emerging abuses,” said Patricia Gossman. , Associate Director for Asia at HRW. “To prevent a dire situation from escalating, donors should urgently agree to support international agencies and non-governmental groups that can provide emergency food, health and education assistance,” and create a plan to deal with aid directly involving the Taliban. “
Afghanistan faces a major economic collapse. Prices of food and other essentials have risen, although most banks remain closed, and the UN has reported limited access to cash and possible food shortages, HRW said.
According to the rights group, donors halted most international aid to Afghan government agencies and institutions shortly before and after the Taliban takeover. The Central Bank of Afghanistan, now under Taliban control, has been cut off from the international banking system and from access to the country’s foreign exchange reserves.
“Afghanistan is now facing an economic crisis that is affecting the basic needs of millions of Afghans,” Gossman said. “Donors urgently need to tackle the difficult task of ensuring that emergency aid reaches the Afghans who need it most without facilitating Taliban abuses. (ANI)