Founding of the Harmida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law in Kabul

The long-serving representative of the Max Planck team in Afghanistan, Sayed Hameed Zia, and Tilmann J. Röder have founded a new organisation with its head office in Kabul

In doing so they were supported by numerous colleagues in both Germany and Afghanistan. The Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law (HBORL) pursues similar objectives to the Max Planck Foundation and will assume the role of cooperation partner for the implementation of all on-site projects. The founding of this organisation will facilitate and ensure the ongoing work of the German-Afghan team in the long-term.

The organisation is headed by Mr. Zia and Mr. Röder and the board of directors includes renowned individuals. Founding members include the politician and university professor Mahbooba Hoqooqmal, who has direct working experience of the legal development of the country from working as a member of the Independent Commission for Oversight of Implementation of the Constitution, as well as Senator and lawyer Nadjiba Hussaini, who also has a longstanding connection to the Max Planck team.

22 Afghan staff members are currently working for the organisation, including ten lawyers. There are almost always some staff members working in the field in the country’s provinces. They work in close cooperation with their colleagues in Heidelberg on a daily basis and working visits in both directions increase the effectiveness of this cooperation.

The organisation is named after the legal professor Hamida Barmaki, who served as a member of the Afghan Human Rights Commission, working primarily in the area of children’s rights. She represented the interests of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Kabul for many years. Hamida Barmaki, along with all her family members, died on 28 February 2011 in an attack by militants.