New policy singed for protection of children in armed conflict

Kabul-Afghanistan:   Afghan Defense minister and Deputy Interior Affairs Minister signed Child protection policy aimed to shield children from violence and effect of conflict  in a ceremony at the Afghan Ministry of Defense, Dec 5 .2017.  

The ceremony was attended by Lt. Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami Afghan Defense Minister, Gen. John Nicholson Commander resolute support, first Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs, Army chief of General staff, United Nations (UN) and United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) representatives and other officials of Afghan Defense Ministry and Army General Staff.

While considering the implementation of Child protection policy essential, Lt. Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami said: “as a member of international community we are committed to implementing international laws”.

Later on, Tamim Assi, Deputy Minister of Defense for policy and strategy recognized the signing of the policy an important step toward protecting human and children rights. “Signing this policy demonstrates Afghan government’s commitment in implementing international law”, he said.

Deputy Director of Legal Directorate of Afghan Defense ministry briefed about codification of the policy and said:  “under this policy, procedures have been established for reporting and investigating violence allegations “.

At the end, Gen. John Nicholson expressed support for Afghan Defense and Interior Affairs Ministries in implementing this policy.

The policy was developed by Legal directorate of MoD in collaboration with United Nation and UNAMA to protect children in armed conflict and to prevent use of violence against children. All personnel in the Afghan Defense Ministry are committed to implementing this policy.