The Foundation and ALRDO sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

This MoU aims to deepen the parties’ cooperation in strengthening the AIHRC’s institutional capacities

On 29 March 2021, the Max Planck Foundation, the Afghanistan Legal Research and Development Organisation (ALRDO), and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) committed to enhancing their cooperation in promoting human rights protection in Afghanistan. On the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the parties will seek to strengthen the institutional capacity of the AIHRC in effectively serving as a key national human rights institution.

The Foundation, ALRDO, and AIHRC will work together to bolster the individual capacities of AIHRC staff through a tailored legal professional training programme. They will also work to advance the AIHRC’s institutional structure for monitoring compliance with obligations under domestic and international human rights law and for investigating and reporting on violations in fulfilment of its core mandate.

Over the course of 2021 and 2022, all sides will collaborate to support the AIHRC’s own Master Trainers in their promotion and awareness-raising activities that relate international, constitutional, and Islamic legal perspectives on human rights to a wider audience of human rights activists, women’s rights activists, journalists, police, lawyers, attorneys general, university lecturers and religious scholars. Other cooperative measures are designed to give a boost to the Commission’s Complaints and Investigation Unit and its Monitoring Unit to refine the technical skill as well as the theoretical sophistication of their work.

Immediately subsequent to the signing of the MoU, all sides partook in an inaugural plenary session to kickstart their joint activities with concrete first steps.

This memorandum and subsequent preparatory plenary session are part of the German Federal Foreign Office funded project, “Strengthening Human Rights in view of peace: a partnership with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission“.