Rescuing Afghanistan is World’s Responsibility

Rescuing Afghanistan is World’s Responsibility

Leiden, 24 August 2022

Humanitarian aid will not be enough to prevent Afghanistan’s collapse

Since October 2001, when the US and UK special forces invaded Afghanistan and the UN Security Council played a key role in shaping the Islamic Republic by reaffirming all 2001 resolutions on the situation in Afghanistan, particularly resolutions 1378 (endorsing the Bonn Agreement on formation of Afghan government), resolution1383(endorsing the provisional arrangements), and resolution 1386 of 20 December 2001 which authorized unanimously the establishment of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Even the Doha agreement was signed by the USA in March 2020 and approved by UNSC and the EU within some weeks. This means that the International Community took the country’s destiny in its hands and has Therefore a remarkable degree of responsibility for the current situation in Afghanistan.
The critical situation on the ground in Afghanistan has different dimensions: Humanitarian, economic, political, human rights including women rights and the rights of political participation for all Afghan nationals.
Humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is a matter of concern for the United Nations, humanitarian assistances agencies and organizations , Afghan diaspora in Europe and international community. World powers try to manage some humanitarian help, directly or through UN agencies. But all engaged agencies and organizations have expressed repeatedly that only humanitarian help is not enough for preventing the economic collapse of the country. We can blame the Taliban for a part of this situation, but even before the collapse of Ghani’s regime, the rate of poverty and joblessness was 50% in Afghanistan. There are also other reasons for current crisis in Afghanistan, for example;
allowing Afghan economy by the Western donors to remain dependent on foreign aid and suspension of billions of promised development aid in august 2021, as Western troops left the country,
only those infrastructural projects got the chance of financing by the foreign powers involved in past two decades in Afghanistan that supported the war on terror,
the country has faced the worst drought and natural disasters in decades, due to impacts of the environment changes,
Taliban takeover and lack of internal and international legitimacy of their regime,
cycles of conflict in the past 43 years.
Knowing these reasons, the UN humanitarian assistance agencies say; more is needed to rescue the country. Only humanitarian aid will never be the solution.
The private sector partly fled the country and partly resisted the problems of the past year, but their businesses reduced or stopped production under the Taliban regime. They point to sanctions on banking system as the main reason of their failure. But they point also to other reasons such as, lack of international legitimacy of Taliban regime, extreme poverty in the country and lack of electricity. This situation force many businesses to choose between ceasing to exist or moving to Turkey or Dubai. There have been sporadic contributions especially by the US to solve the liquidity crisis, but Afghanistan needs easing the sanctions on banking system to enable the country’s own industrial and commercial businesses to run, employ men and women and produce.
FAROE is front runner in fight for the rights of school girls, women rights and civil and human rights for every Afghan. But in a situation where many staff of humanitarian organizations say they are witnesses of parents who sell some of their children, mostly daughters to feed their other kids, enabling the population to produce their basic necessities and preventing the economy of the country from total collapse gets for us similar priority.
We plea for direct sanctions on the Taliban leaders and the group itself in order to press them to pay attention to human rights, women rights and the right of political participation for all population of Afghanistan. We ask for easing the sanctions on banking system which affect directly Afghan businesses and the long-suffered people of Afghanistan.

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE)

FAROE Committee for External Relations

His Execllency Mr. J. Biden, president of United States of America

The Hague, 23 February 2022,

To:
His Execllency Mr. J. Biden, president of United States of America,

With House, Washtington DC
USA

His Execllency Mr. J. Biden

From the start of 20th century, Afghan kingdom kept gold, bonds and currency in the US Federal Reserve Bank as back up for Afghan currency (Afghani). The amount of which grew higher during the last two decades. A remarkable amount of current assets came from foreign exchange funds that accumulated over the past 20 years. Half a billion of it is deposits of the ordinary Afghans and businessmen trusted by commercial banks to Afghanistan Central Bank.

When the pro-US Afghan government dissolved on 15 August 2021, it left behind more than $7 billion in central bank assets on deposit at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. Another three billion was put on deposit in Banks in Germany, Switzerland, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.  Because it was no longer clear who — if anyone — had legal authority to gain access to those accounts, the Federal Reserve bank made the funds unavailable for withdrawal. Banks in Germany, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar followed suit. This move was understandable because it was a safeguarding measure to protect the assets of Afghanistan.

On Feb. 11th 2022, you, as US president issued an executive order  invoking emergency powers to freeze all $7 kept in New York. The administration said, it would ask a judge for permission to move $3.5 billion to a trust fund it would set up to support the needs of the Afghan people, like for humanitarian relief. In the meantime, you started to clear a legal path for certain relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to pursue $3.5 billion from the 7-billion-dollar assets of Afghanistan Central Bank. 

Your decision on expenditure of national assets of Afghanistan is not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan. It is unusual and controversial. FAROE, a platform of tens of Afghan social-cultural organizations of Afghans residing in Europe, decided to join the protest of the people of Afghanistan demanding reconsidering this decision by you, Mr. president. European Afghans expect also European Union and its Member States to stand with the people of Afghanistan and criticize president Bidens decision on this issue.

Why Afghan Europeans oppose this decision:

  • Afghan assets in Federal Reserve Bank and in banks in other 4 countries belong to the people of Afghanistan, not to the Taliban. A big part of these assets kept in Fed, since the 50s, when Afghanistan a kingdom was. That was long before the Taliban project was designed by the CIA and implemented in 1993 by Pakistan.
  • Mr. Biden’s executive order on partition and expenditure of the assets belonging to another nation, on US soil, is highly unusual and contradicts all legal norms, customary international laws, and general standards of ethics.
  • To give the assets of one of the poorest countries in the World to the victims of a terrorist attack planned and executed by 15 nationals of the oil rich Saudi Arabia, where no Afghan was involved. and the leader of this terrorist group was granted sanctuary by Pakistani Army in Abbottabad until his death in 2012, is an excessive reaction against a nation which have nothing to do with 9/11.
  • This executive order destroys the trust, a part of the population in Afghanistan had, in banking system and in the United States. The decision feeds the growth of anti-American sentiments the Taliban try to create.
  • The people of Afghanistan have been victimized and revictimized repeatedly by the Taliban from 1996 tell now. Using financial assets of these victims to pay the victims of 9/11 tragedy, is not justifiable. It will mean re-victimizing a nation, badly misunderstood by Mr. Biden.
  • Blocking the Afghan banking system from international banking system (SWIFT)brought the weak economy of Afghanistan in verge of collapse. Traders cannot pay or receive money. This measure can not affect the Taliban. They are used to illegal ways of transfer of money and relying on benefits from illicit business of drugs. As the experience of Iran and North Korea shows, economic sanction without a limited target, does not affect the dictators, but the ordinary people. We request the US president to target the Taliban, not the whole nation.  
  • Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan started in 2020, has reached the phase of mass starvation which can result to destabilization, and a new wave of refugees if not addressed timely. Addressing this problem needs international solidarity and contribution by all rich countries. But FAROE opposes your decision to use 3,5 billion of the 7 billion kept in Fed for humanitarian relief. The USA, as former occupying power which used Afghan territory for war on terror, has a moral responsibility towards the people of Afghanistan who lost 250.000 of its sons in this war. Mr. President, you should help this people out of humanitarian crisis, but not by using their own national assets.
  • We do not ask for handing these assets over to the Taliban. We want you to let the assets sit untouched, gathering interest for years, until the Taliban lose power or change itself to a normal and legitimate government.

The World is responsible for what is happening in Afghanistan. If the USA sanctions the people of Afghanistan despite their sacrifices, they will lose its fait in the USA, a nation they respected in 2001 and did not resist its invasion. Afghanistan needs these assets for standing up after a crisis started in 1978 and continues now. To nihil these assets, will be an historic mistake and depriving Afghan nation from any chance of recovery.

With regards,

Mrs. Lona Wali, chairperson of FAROE

Excellency, Mrs. Roberta Metsola, president of the European Parliament

To: His Excellency, Mrs. Roberta Metsola, president of the European Parliament

Subject: “Afghan Women’s Day”  

Dear Mrs. Roberta Metsola,

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE) is a platform of tens of social and cultural organizations of European Afghans. FAROE has been active in various European countries for more than 20 years, in areas like asylum rights and social and political participation of Afghans in the social live of Member States of European Union. The organization, at the same time, has taken a responsible look at the developments inside Afghanistan and tried to contribute in the process of building democracy and human rights in Afghanistan by organizing conferences and seminars to involve Afghan diaspora in this process. 

It seems that the Taliban do not see the contradiction between their interpretation of Islam and the needs of 21stcentury Afghanistan. The group is trying to reshape Afghanistan according to their own ideology. They people of Afghanistan are not happy with this situation but can confront the violent Taliban with bare hands.  Only a group of educated women, grown in the democratic sphere of last two decades, resist the plans of the Taliban to deny Afghan women their civil, economic, and cultural rights. We are very proud of these young women. FAROE welcomed the initiative of Your Excellency and your European Parliament colleagues to hold the “Afghan Women’s Day” on the first and second of February 2022. This confirms the commitment of European Union towards Afghan women. The EU has repeatedly promised not to leave the people of Afghanistan in difficult times they experience since the Taliban seizure of power. 

Following are our suggestions on the occasion of “Afghan Women’s Day”:

  1. Taliban, with its explicit human rights violations, particularly breach of articles 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 12, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, deprive the people, especially the women and young girls of Afghanistan from their fundamental human rights and social and economic rights such as education, work, travel, sport, art and trade. They attack and harass women protesters and journalists trying to cover their protest demonstrations. The Taliban authorities prosecute activist women, detain them without a legal reason and torcher them. This has caused pain and suffering for the families of protesting girls and this generation in general.
  2. 2. The Taliban promise a lot, particularly when they are talking with the West. But they continue repression of the people and deny them their rights. We suggest that the current UN reports mechanism should be upgraded to UN fact finding mission. European Union office currently stationed in Kabul, can collaborate with UNAMA, to establish a fact-finding committee to identify and monitor human rights abuses and other cruelties committed by Taliban gunmen, against the women protesters and other civilian in the country. 
  3. Repression of the spontaneous protest movement of women in Jalalabad, Herat, Ghazni, Mazar-e Sharif and Kandahar raised concern among the Afghan community in Europe and the greater part of the European people.  Since the Taliban’s occupation of Kabul, women’s protests have been launched until ten days ago, with threats and intimidation, the latest protests were silenced by the arrest of dozens of girls and members of their families, and the attack on the Media Federation yesterday was also a shock for the Afghan community in Europe. A UN fact finding mission can prevent or examine such violations by the Taliban. 
  4. 3. European Union is expected to use its all power to continue political and diplomatic pressure on Taliban. Before Oslo meeting there was some rumors about possible recognition of the Taliban government by the West. Fortunately, it did not happen, but Afghans showed dissatisfaction about it in social media. The West should not give away this effective instrument. At least not before realization of the right of education, work and political rights of women and ensuring the rights of minorities by insisting on elected government. 
  5. 4. Ban on the flight of the by UN blacklisted terrorists in EU airspace: Europe as the center and starting point of current-World civilization has a moral duty to insist on application of the common decisions taken by the UN Security Council concerning bans on blacklisted terrorist organizations and persons. Afghan community living in Europe is strongly concerned about the visit of Anas Haqqani, senior advisor to his brother Sirajuddin Haqqani the leader of infamous Haqani Network and minister of interior, responsible for dozens of operations and mass murders of not only Afghans, but also hundreds of NATO soldiers and aid workers. 
  6. FAROE underlines the demands of women participating on behalf of protest-women in the Oslo meetings concerning formation of an independent commission of qualified observers by the UNAMA and the European Union Office, based in Kabul. The commission should include affected families and victims of crimes, and representatives of the people and human rights organizations to monitor the Taliban’s behavior, to control Taliban prisons, to meet with ideological, gender-based political prisoners. 
  7. It is important not tot forget supporting the International Criminal Court by insisting on Investigating war crimes committed since 2003, the year of membership of Afghanistan in ICC. It is impossible to get real and sustainable peace, without justice for the victims and their families. 

External Relations Committee of 

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe

Afghan Women’s Day

The Hague, 1st February 2022

To: His Excellency, Mr. Josep Borrell Fontellesthe High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Twitter: @JosepBorellF

Subject: “Afghan Women’s Day”  

Dear Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles,

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE) is a platform of tens of social and cultural organizations of European Afghans. FAROE has been active in various European countries for more than 20 years, in areas like asylum rights and social and political participation of Afghans in the social live of Member States of European Union. The organization, at the same time, has taken a responsible look at the developments inside Afghanistan and tried to contribute in the process of building democracy and human rights in Afghanistan by organizing conferences and seminars to involve Afghan diaspora in this process. 

It seems that the Taliban do not see the contradiction between their interpretation of Islam and the needs of 21stcentury Afghanistan. The group is trying to reshape Afghanistan according to their own ideology. They people of Afghanistan are not happy with this situation but can confront the violent Taliban with bare hands.  Only a group of educated women, grown in the democratic sphere of last two decades, resist the plans of the Taliban to deny Afghan women their civil, economic, and cultural rights. We are very proud of these young women. FAROE welcomed the initiative of Your Excellency and your European Parliament colleagues to hold the “Afghan Women’s Day” on the first and second of February 2022. This confirms the commitment of European Union towards Afghan women. The EU has repeatedly promised not to leave the people of Afghanistan in difficult times they experience since the Taliban seizure of power. 

Following are our suggestions sent on by EU organized  “Afghan Women’s Day”:

  1. Taliban, with its explicit human rights violations, particularly breach of articles 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 12, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, deprive the people, especially the women and young girls of Afghanistan from their fundamental human rights and social and economic rights such as education, work, travel, sport, art and trade. They attack and harass women protesters and journalists trying to cover their protest demonstrations. The Taliban authorities prosecute activist women, detain them without a legal reason and torcher them. This has caused pain and suffering for the families of protesting girls and this generation in general.
  2. The Taliban promise a lot, particularly when they are talking with the West. But they continue repression of the people and deny them their rights. We suggest that the current UN reports mechanism should be upgraded to UN fact finding mission. European Union office currently stationed in Kabul, can collaborate with UNAMA, to establish a fact-finding committee to identify and monitor human rights abuses and other cruelties committed by Taliban gunmen, against the women protesters and other civilian in the country. 
  3. Repression of the spontaneous protest movement of women in Jalalabad, Herat, Ghazni, Mazar-e Sharif and Kandahar raised concern among the Afghan community in Europe and the greater part of the European people.  Since the Taliban’s occupation of Kabul, women’s protests have been launched until ten days ago, with threats and intimidation, the latest protests were silenced by the arrest of dozens of girls and members of their families, and the attack on the Media Federation yesterday was also a shock for the Afghan community in Europe. A UN fact finding mission can prevent or examine such violations by the Taliban. 
  4. European Union is expected to use its all power to continue political and diplomatic pressure on Taliban. Before Oslo meeting there was some rumors about possible recognition of the Taliban government by the West. Fortunately, it did not happen, but Afghans showed dissatisfaction about it in social media. The West should not give away this effective instrument. At least not before realization of the right of education, work and political rights of women and ensuring the rights of minorities by insisting on elected government. 
  5. Ban on the flight of the by UN blacklisted terrorists in EU airspace: Europe as the center and starting point of current-World civilization has a moral duty to insist on application of the common decisions taken by the UN Security Council concerning bans on blacklisted terrorist organizations and persons. Afghan community living in Europe is strongly concerned about the visit of Anas Haqqani, senior advisor to his brother Sirajuddin Haqqani the leader of infamous Haqani Network and minister of interior, responsible for dozens of operations and mass murders of not only Afghans, but also hundreds of NATO soldiers and aid workers. 
  6. FAROE underlines the demands of women participating on behalf of protest-women in the Oslo meetings concerning formation of an independent commission of qualified observers by the UNAMA and the European Union Office, based in Kabul. The commission should include affected families and victims of crimes, and representatives of the people and human rights organizations to monitor the Taliban’s behavior, to control Taliban prisons, to meet with ideological, gender-based political prisoners. 
  7. It is important not tot forget supporting the International Criminal Court by insisting on Investigating war crimes committed since 2003, the year of membership of Afghanistan in ICC. It is impossible to get real and sustainable peace, without justice for the victims and their families. 

External Relations Committee of 

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

To:

H.E. Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

PO Box 8114 Dep.
NO-0032 Oslo, Norway
@AHuitfeldt

Subject: gatherig of 23-25 January 2022 on Afghanistan.

Her Excellency Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt,

First, I appreciate your great initiative to bring about some movement first among UN Security Council and now within international community by organizing the Oslo meetings to look for ways of solving the dilemma around humanitarian crisis and lack of respect by the Taliban for rights and freedoms of the people of Afghanistan.  

Your colleagues in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, while speaking to the media quoted you as you had stressed that the meetings Oslo is hosting will “not represent a legitimization or recognition of the Taliban.” However, you have emphasized the need for engaging with the “de facto authorities” in Afghanistan to help the civilian population there. We appreciate this.

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe, is FAROE the best organized umbrella of tens of social-cultural and human rights organizations, representing a significant part of Afghan diaspora in Europe. Afghan diaspora in Europe counts for more than half a million EU citizen of Afghan origin. We are deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and want to be involved in important meetings in Europe concerning Afghanistan. But unlike the members of Afghan civil society, we are unfortunately not invited in Oslo meetings. Through this letter, we want to share our views with you and other participants of current Oslo meetings.

We can understand your pragmatical approach for paving the way for delivering international humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. But we hope you will, in the meantime, insist on Taliban’s official commitment to the civil, economic, and political rights of women in Afghanistan and to Human rights of the people of Afghanistan.  A semi- official discrimination against women is going on and dozens of women protestors are detained by the Taliban. This is a shame. Massive international humanitarian help may be the most urgent need of the people of Afghanistan. But the basic human rights and freedoms of women and men in Afghanistan are as essential for the people, as food and medicines.

With regards,

Mrs. L. Wali, the chairperson of FAROE

Afghan children & World Children’s Day

Afghan children & World Children’s Day

The Hague, 20 November 2021

November the 20th, is observed in almost all countries as World Children’s Day. The Day was first observed in the year 1954 on 14 December by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The date of 20 November is deemed significant, as, on this day in 1959, the UNGA adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On 20 November 1989, UNGA also adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The theme for World Children’s Day 2021 is ‘A Better Future for Every Child‘. The theme is being observed in accordance to the global coronavirus pandemic which has affected the rights of every child.

In Afghanistan is however, this year, no room for celebration of this day. Famine and high prices have taken the most basic necessities of life from children. Malnutrition has endangered the lives of more than a million children. Corona hospitals have been closed as the World Bank stops aid. In the state-run Sehat-e-tefl hospital in Kabul, they were forced to cut down trees to provide food for patients and doctors because the hospital does not have the money to provide fuel.

Teenage girls are not allowed to attend school. Students at state universities are deprived of education because the Taliban are since three months  waiting a decision by clerics on an Islamic education bill. Can Afghan children and youth celebrate World Children’s Day in such a situation? It is a shame that the World is only reluctant to recognize the Taliban regime. Even the promises of humanitarian help directly to the people of Afghanistan has not been realized yet. Why the Afghan children should suffer from malnutrition, hunger, lack of medication, closed school etc? They had nothing to do with Doha Agreement, which caused the collapse of the former regime and Taliban takeover!

The Executive Committee of FAROE

Consequences of US Military intervention in Afghanistan

Resolution of the Conference

Consequences of US Military intervention in Afghanistan

On the occasion of 20th anniversary of US intervention

October 9, 2021, The Netherlands

The Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE) held the online conference  “Consequences of U.S. Military intervention in Afghanistan” on October 9, 2021. The conference was attended by independent personalities and representatives of Afghan organizations residing in Europe.  After hearing the speeches on the background of intervention, developments after the fall of the Taliban, improvements in legal and social areas, and the failure of the United States and NATO, the in leaving behind a stable country, this resolution was issued in three parts in agreement with the participants:

A: Situation analysis

1. Afghanistan and Afghans seem to once again fall victim to major global political and strategic games.

2. Unfortunately, the policy of the proxy wars of regional and trans-regional countries still remains with the same strength and potansil of generating conflicts.

3. The pretext of the war on terror not only failed to eliminate terror and terrorism, but even strengthened radicalism, drove some youth into the trap of fundamentalism, produced more violence, and strengthened regional militant fundamentalist groups.

4. The 20-year presence of the United States and NATO in the region, further paved the way for the use of proxies, that ultimately placed the operators of proxy wars in the position of winnar,  champion and more fearless in waging proxy wars.

5. Direct interventions by the United States and the West in Afghan politics, particularly the export of so-called Western orieted technocracy, accelarated corruption and bad governance, and led the country to current tragedy.

6. Widespread corruption in the system and the growth and support of the culture of impunity in the country brought the shaky system formed in the past twenty years to the abyss of such a fate.

7. Despite having a security and strategic agreement with Afghanistan, contrary to the provisions of this strategic agreement, the United States, signed Doha Agreement with the Taliban and other NATO member States approved it. The West actually turned its back on the values they claimed to stand for. The Doha agreement actually handed over to the Taliban, every thing they needed to take over the power in Afghanistan.

B: Current situation and measures required:

  1. All stakeholders in issues concerning Afghanistan believe that the country is facing severe poverty and famine. Any kind of procrastination at this period will cause a great human catastrophe in the country, for which all involved sides will be responsible.
  2. People familiare with the Taliban’s behaviour are in distrust of the Taliban’s system and their government, as well as the sincerity of donor countries. Eliminating this incredtience requires humane and honest action, as well as a review of past misguided policies. This can only be achieved by global and multilateral commitments.
  3. The fate of religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities is a matter of concern. There is a possibility of severe threats and even unpredictable crisis of crimes against humanity, given the Taliban’s hardline and narrow-minded policies towards minorities. Preventive, comprehensive and common global measures are needed.
  4. Afghanistan needs more democratic minded patriotic political movements than ever before. Supporting the creation of these moveents can help full the vacuum of people’s political representation in negotiations to determine their political destiny.
  5. The Taliban have revived the human rights crisis of the 80’s and 90’s by reducing freedom of expression to attack on journalists and depriving women and girls of their fundamental rights. The exclusion of women and girls from work and education will faster the move of the country to disasterous poverty and social distress. This should be prevented with all necessary measures.

C: Destiny of the people and the country

  1. The experience of the past five decades of war shows that the country needs a fundamental change in the political structure. Referring to the Constitution of Constitutional Monarchy (1964) after the Bonn Conference (2001)and most recently by the Taliban authorities, indicates that  in order to achieve peace and preserve the country’s territorial integrity, Afghans need to redefine the structure and framework of authority.
  2. The experiences of the past five decades continue to show that the people want a legitimate system based on the will and the vote of the people. This legitimacy must be inclusive, reliable and guaranteed by clear structures.
  3. The People of Afghanistan need welfare services. The records of civil society movements over the past 20 years is full of people’s demand for prosperity. Welfare in the country is possible when a legitimate system based on justice, transparancy and equality of citizen governs the country.
  4. Afghanistan’s geo-politics and geo-economy still remains the same as before the end of the Cold War in the 1980s. The intensification of insecurity and the duration of war in this region still endangers the entire world. Measures are need to be taken to end the war. In the mean time, to compensate the mistakes of the past 20 years, all countries around the world should support Afghans in building  a developed and secure Afghanistan. Their investment should be coordinated with a comprehensive understanding of the strategic objectives of global development and the participation of regional countries in the programme.
  5. History bears witness that in this land, no authoritarian and protectorate government has been able to survive. Any persistence in appropriation and ignorance of others in power will make the people stand up and the war will last. It is necessary for countries in the region to stand with the People of Afghanistan before the flames of this war burn their skirts.

Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE)

سرنوشت آزادی بیان و رسانه ها در افغانستان تحت تسلط طالبان

سرنوشت آزادی بیان و رسانه ها در افغانستان تحت تسلط طالبان

بر بنیاد اطلاعات فدراسیون بین المللی خبرنگاران بیش از ۷۰۰۰ کارمند رسانه یی پس از تصرف افغانستان از سوی طالبان متأثر شده اند. آنان یا از کار دست کشیده اند و یا هم از ترس مخفی شده اند. احمد وحید پیمان، روزنامه نگار افغان که اکنون به آلمان فرار کرده است به این فدراسیون گفته است که فعالیت خبرنگاران زن ممنوع شده است و برنامه های سرگرمی از رسانه ها کاملاً لغو گردیده اند: «طالبان فقط وانمود می کنند که با مردم مدارا می کنند تا در سطح بین المللی شناخته شوند، اما نمونه های بیشماری از حملات گسترده آنان وجود دارد» بر اساس اطلاعات این فدراسیون ۱۵۳ رسانه مجبور به توقف فعالیتهای شان شده اند.

انتونی بلانگر، دبیرکل این فدراسیون گفته است: «من معتقدم آنچه ما شاهد ظهور آن خواهیم بود، یک رسانه رسمی – یک رسانه طالبان و بدون حضور زنان است»

The fate of the freedom of expression and media in Taliban-dominated Afghanistan

According to the International Federation of Journalists(IFJ), more than 7,000 media workers have been affected by the Taliban's occupation of Afghanistan. They have either quit their jobs or gone into hiding out of fear. Ahmad Wahid Peyman, an Afghan journalist who has now fled to Germany, told the IFJ that female journalists had been banned and that entertainment programs in the media had been completely canceled: "The Taliban are only pretending to be tolerant of the people. "To be recognized internationally, but there are countless examples of widespread attacks." According to the IFJ, 153 media outlets have been forced to shut down. "I believe that what we are going to see is an official media - a Taliban media without women," said Anthony Blanger, the IFJ's secretary general.

آلمان: آغاز روند پذیرش بیش از ۲۰۰۰ فعال حقوق بشر از افغانستان

آلمان: آغاز روند پذیرش بیش از ۲۰۰۰ فعال حقوق بشر از افغانستان | مهاجرت به اروپا | DW | 14.09.2021

Resolution

Resolution

September 11, 2021

Twenty years ago, the United States of America used Taliban’s promotion of terrorism as a pretext for the military invasion of Afghanistan. However, the presence of the US and international alliance “against terrorism” in Afghanistan did not affect the center and source of promotion and export of terrorism in the region, i.e. Pakistan. On the contrary, Pakistan received tens of billions of American dollars as compensation for facilitation of transit services for the US and NATO forces. The subsequent military operations resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent Afghans civilians and Afghan and NATO soldiers. The failed counter narcotics policy led to an escalation in drug production and addiction of more than 3 million Afghans. Eventually, the United States of America isolated the Afghan government it supported for twenty years and entered into a peace deal with the Taliban. What followed was a ISI designed handover of provinces and districts of Afghanistan, one after the other, to the same terrorists that the US had initially gone to Afghanistan to fight. The final act involved a humiliating and unceremonious American exit from Afghanistan. What happened hereafter was the Taliban take-over of big cities including Kabul.  Participants of the protest of September 11, 2021, called for by the Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE) in 12 cities in Europe, endorse this resolution and subsequent points:

  1. We hold United States of America accountable for the ongoing tragedy and Taliban rule that has resulted from the US designed and led Doha Peace Deal
  2. We support the will of people of Afghanistan in rejection of Islamic Emirate as political System.
  3. We call on the international community, particularly the people of Europe, America, Australia and other countries to put pressure on their respective governments to refrain from recognition of the Taliban government.
  4. Protesters asked the UN, EU, US and other governments to tie provision of direct financial aid to the Taliban regime, to the following conditions:
    1. the possibility of their recognition of the Taliban government and
    1. Protection of civil and political rights of the people of Afghanistan
    1. Protection of freedom of expression and press as defined by international principles
    1. Protection of equal rights of all Afghan citizens, regardless of gender, ethnic, linguistic or religious differences
    1. Recognition of sovereignty of the Afghan Constitution, and commitment to honor and implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Conventions that Afghanistan has ratified
    1. Provision of guarantees for women’s equal rights and their right to free participation in political and social affairs of the country
    1. Protection of the right to free participation in political, civil, cultural and human rights activities, without the fear of persecution
    1. End of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan by all countries, in particular the Pakistan
    1. Protection of the moral and material gains of the past twenty years achieved through Afghan and international effort and sacrifice
  5. All foreign countries should refrain from supporting  arm proxy groups and ignition of another civil war in Afghanistan.

Resolution

Resolution

September 11, 2021

Twenty years ago, the United States of America used Taliban’s promotion of terrorism as a pretext for the military invasion of Afghanistan. However, the presence of the US and international alliance “against terrorism” in Afghanistan did not affect the center and source of promotion and export of terrorism in the region, i.e. Pakistan. On the contrary, Pakistan received tens of billions of American dollars as compensation for facilitation of transit services for the US and NATO forces. The subsequent military operations resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent Afghans civilians and Afghan and NATO soldiers. The failed counter narcotics policy led to an escalation in drug production and addiction of more than 3 million Afghans. Eventually, the United States of America isolated the Afghan government it supported for twenty years and entered into a peace deal with the Taliban. What followed was a designd handover of provinces and districts of Afghanistan, one after the other, to the same terrorists that the US had initially gone to Afghanistan to fight. The final act involved a humiliating and unceremonious American exit from Afghanistan. What happened hereafter was the Taliban take-over of Afghanistan.  Participants of the protest of September 11, 2021, called for by the Federation of Afghan Resident Organizations in Europe (FAROE) in ____, endorse this resolution and subsequent points:

  1. We strongly condemn the American invasion of Afghanistan, American war crimes committed in Afghanistan during 20 years of occupation, and hold United States of America accountable for the ongoing tragedy and Taliban rule that has resulted from the US designed and led Doha Peace Deal
  2. We support the will of people of Afghanistan in rejection of Islamic Emirate as political System.
  3. We call on the international community, particularly the people of Europe, America, Australia and other countries to put pressure on their respective governments to tie the possibility of their recognition of the Taliban government and provision of financial aid to them, to the following conditions:
    1. Protection of civil and political rights of the people of Afghanistan
    1. Protection of freedom of expression and press as defined by international principles
    1. Protection of equal rights of all Afghan citizens, regardless of gender, ethnic, linguistic or religious differences
    1. Recognition of sovereignty of the Afghan Constitution, and commitment to honor and implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Conventions that Afghanistan has ratified
    1. Provision of guarantees for women’s equal rights and their right to free participation in political and social affairs of the country
    1. Protection of the right to free participation in political, civil, cultural and human rights activities, without the fear of persecution
    1. End of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan by all countries, in particular the United States of America
    1. Protection of the moral and material gains of the past twenty years achieved through Afghan effort and sacrifice
    1. Condemnation of American officials’irresponsible statements on Afghanistan and prevention of their interference to arm proxy groups and ignition of civil war
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