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UN Experts Urge US to Unfreeze Afghanistan’s Assets

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Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.

The United Nations experts have expressed concern about Afghanistan’s grave humanitarian crisis and have asked the government of the United States to unfreeze the $7 billion of Da Afghanistan Bank, Central Bank of Afghanistan.

The experts said the money release will enable the provision of humanitarian assistance to cover the basic needs of ten million people in the war-torn country.

The press release of the experts read that freezing Afghanistan’s assets, drought across the country, and gender-based discrimination by de facto authorities in Afghanistan have immensely impacted the lives of over half of the Afghan population whereas women and children are the most impacted ones.

“We are gravely concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, which puts at serious risk the lives of more than half of the country’s population, with a disproportionate impact on women and children.” Reads the statement.

The experts have echoed the words of UNSG qualifying Afghanistan’s situation as an ‘epic humanitarian crisis on the verge of development catastrophe’ and urged countries to lift their adopted unilateral measures that hinder financial support and humanitarian aid.

In the statement, the United States was urged to reconsider its decision of freezing Afghanistan’s assets and not allow its policies to violate the human rights of the Afghan people.

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