UN Security Council extends UNAMA mandate in Afghanistan for another year

The U.N. Security Council om Friday adopted a draft resolution to extend the mandate of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year, through March 17, 2025.

Heather Barr, associate director of Human Rights Watch, expressed approval in a post on X regarding the unanimous renewal of the UNAMA mandate for 12 months. She noted that the work and reporting of their human rights unit have been enhanced. However, she emphasized that the UNAMA chief must intensify efforts to fulfill the United Nations’ responsibilities concerning human rights.

Amnesty International has called on the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNAMA to give priority to addressing the human rights emergency in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the rights of women, girls, and minorities, in addition to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.