Afghanistan Elections Violence

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A special report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), describes the severe impact of election-related violence on civilians, mainly coming from the Taliban’s deliberate campaign of violence and intimidation to disrupt Afghanistan’s presidential election.

Briefing reporters in New York, UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said that UNAMA’s finding indicate that attacks targeting the electoral process caused 458 civilian casualties, and one-third of them were children.

UN Mission has sent warning to civilians of an intention to attack election sites.

According to international human rights law, everyone has the right to take part in public affairs, to vote and to be elected to government without discrimination and without unreasonable restrictions.

UNAMA’s special report on 2019 elections violence, makes numerous recommendations to enhance efforts to reduce the potential risk of harm to civilians in election periods.

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Timothy Omondi