Afghanistan urges UN to consider removing ANSF from ‘List of Shame’
By Khaama Press - Wed Feb 17 2016, 10:53 am
Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Afghanistan has made a lot of progress in safeguarding children’s rights in coordination and collaboration with other relevant organizations, Steering Committee Members, UNAMA and UNICEF and therefore the United Nations should consider removing the name of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) from its ‘List of Shame’.
In a meeting with the Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflicts, UNAMA and UNICEF representatives in Kabul, Foreign Ministry officials said that government is committed to align the provisions of International Human Rights Instruments and the resolutions of the UN aimed at upholding and realizing children’s rights with its national structures in the areas of legislation, policy making and institution building, monitor and report on its compliance.
“Moreover, the codification of action plan, ratification of Prohibition of Underage Recruitment Law for the Afghan security forces; adoption of action plan consist of 15-article and a road map to prevent child recruitment in the Afghan National Security Forces; adoption of Age Assessment Guidelines to prevent and respond to child recruitment in the Afghan National Security Forces; preparation and sending four reports on implementation of Action Plan and its achievements; establishment of child protection unites in the recruitment centers of Afghan national security forces in Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar; and to launch campaign under the name of “Children, No Soldier” throughout the country are the measures towards protection of children affected by armed conflicts.” States a statement released by the ministry.
The statement further states that taking these achievements and commitment into account, the government calls on UN to consider the withdrawal of the name of Afghan National Security Forces from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s ‘List of Shame’.