Children’s Rights Seminar with Afghan Human Rights Commission in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Commission discusses about ways to better protection of children in Afghanistan

From 6 until 10 December 2014 the Max Planck Foundation in cooperation with the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law (HBORL) realised a seminar for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on child protection and children's rights which was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Eight commissioners and twelve experienced staff of the AIHRC took part in the seminar. The group included the Deputy Chairman of the Commission Farid Hamidi and the Child Rights Commissioner Dr. Soraya Sobhrang who is in this function a successor of Hamida Barmaki.

Topics included general issues such as the right to education, juvenile justice, family violence and the protection of orphans, but also some of the most serious human rights violations such as forced labour as debt repayment, hazardous employment of children (e.g. drug trafficking and brick-making), sexual exploitation (e.g. prostitution and 'bacha bazi') and 'honour' killings. The renowned expert of children rights, Dr. Armin Boroumand, informed the participants about the relevant international human rights standards and helped the participants in their efforts to develop effective policies for the protection of children in Afghanistan.

The seminar was part of a programme in support of the AIHRC that is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. In Dushanbe, the GIZ supported the seminar with local organisation and warm hospitality.