Afghanistan’s Delegation participated at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London 10-13 June 2014
H.E Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie co-hosted the Ministerial Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London from 10 to 13 June 2014. Senior government’s officials from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world participated in this summit. The Afghan delegation headed by H.E Dr.Mohammad Qasim Hashemzai Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Justice, H.E Dr.Mohammd Daud Yaar Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mrs. Sayed Mozhgan Mostafavi Deputy Minister for Women Affairs and Mrs. Khojista Fana Ebrahimkhil Head of the Human Rights and Women International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr.Khalil Noorzai official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the Summit.
H.E Hashimzai in his remarks at this summit thanked the British Foreign Secretary H.E William Hague and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, for creating a global movement to end sexual violence in conflict and reiterated the Afghan government’s commitment to the protection of women and prevention of violence against them, particularly in conflicts. H.E Hashimzai has said that this commitment is evident in the provisions of the democratically adopted constitution, as well as various laws, policies and plans that have been enacted by the government in accordance with our national and international obligations. The Head of the Afghan delegation further stated that the government has remained determined to combat the culture of impunity and sexual violence in order to bring justice for the victims.
H.E Hashimzai in his remarks at the summit had also mentioned that the government of Afghanistan has adopted numerous measures that include the establishment of human rights institutions, legislations, policy documents and ratifying international human right conventions. In order to increase access to justice, the government implemented “justice at district level with the main component of the public awareness program focussing women’s rights as well as access to justice. The program of legal aid, which is expanding rapidly in the country, provides support and assistance for survivors of sexual violence. Security sector personnel have been continually trained on international humanitarian law.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan supported the Statement of Action produced at the end of this summit in which the signatories commit to tackle sexual violence in conflict and to support victims in their respectful countries.