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UN Security Council Urged to Step Up Afghan Security

A group of 28 international aid agencies active in Afghanistan, including ActionAid, Oxfam, Save the Children, and CARE yesterday warned the UN Security Council that persistent insecurity throughout the country is threatening the prospects for reconstruction and the building of a democratic state. In an open letter delivered to a 15-member Security Council delegation that is visiting Kabul this week, the groups called on the international community to “redouble” its efforts to extend security around the country, and particularly to protect those sectors that are most vulnerable to abuse by contending factions, particularly women, children, and displaced people. “Across the nation,” the groups wrote, “human rights (both civil and political, and economic, social and cultural) continue to be violated with impunity,” the letter said. Full Story

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