Press Briefing by Adrian Edwards Spokesperson for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan

Currently, Afghanistan is highly vulnerable to diseases of this kind, which include cattle plague, foot and mouth disease and bird flu.

Majority of the population depends on livestock for their livelihoods, and these diseases have the potential to spread rapidly, causing huge economic losses within a short period of time.


Construction begins on Kabul women’s prison, juvenile rehab center
Yesterday (December 4) construction began on a women’s prison and juvenile rehabilitation center in Kabul. This Ministry of Justice and dun Office on Drugs and Crime project is funded by the governments of Austria, Canada and Italy.

The Centre, the first of its kind in Afghanistan, will ensure application of the International Standard Minimum Rules for Prisons.

I twill house three groups of detainees, comprising 170 people, and will ensure privacy and security, while creating a non-threatening and non-intimidating environment for detainees.

The project will take 12 months to complete.


German Embassy: Kabul Fair Trial workshop
as part of the ongoing efforts to improve Afghanistan’s justice system, judges, lawyers and police officers are today beginning a two-week workshop on concepts that underscore fair trials, including due process of law, in criminal cases.

The workshop, in Dari, which is happening at Kabul University’s Faculty of Law, is a joint collaboration of the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and Institute International de Paris La Defense.

The workshop runs until December 17.