Security situation for Afghan Human Rights Defenders worsen
The security situation in Afghanistan is worsening, especially in the northern provinces of Afghanistan. The level of threats has been rated as extremely high in some provinces, namely Kunduz, Baghlan, Sar-e Pul, Takhar, Faryab, Ghor, Daikundy, Ghazni, Logar and Badghis which is a matter of concern and needs high attention of international community.
Humaira Rasuli, Executive Director and cofounder of WJO and member of Afghanistan Human Rights Defenders Committee (AHRDC) stated that over the past few weeks they have been approached with lists of defenders at risk in provinces on the verge of collapse.
According to our mapping, at least 628 human rights defenders are under high level of threats and need urgent relocation to safer places. The committee has tried to prioritise the most urgent cases to rescue these defenders but there is very limited emergency fund available to provide immediate protection support for HRDs who are in high risk. It seems that some of the big NGOs are not equipped with security and safety plan. At the same time, donor agencies are not allocating any budget for safety measures of the NGOs they fund.