On August 14, 2017, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) held a presentation of findings from Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) at the Nangarhar Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Representatives of civil society, government, international agencies, tribal leaders, and academic institutions attended the event.
The presentation covered key findings from a baseline study and three monitoring reports conducted in 2015-2016 to assess the situation of fundamental rights in Afghanistan, and form the basis for constructive, evidence-based advocacy.
ARM is a project designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental rights protection and promotion through applied research, constructive advocacy, and increased capacity and responsiveness of public institutions toward the rights-based needs of Afghan citizens. Monitoring rounds are conducted every four months, taking stock of evolutions in access to fundamental rights in 29 rural and urban districts in 10 provinces of Afghanistan.
Finding shows a consistent increase in food insecurity, child labor, and insecurity in employment across most target provinces. The deteriorating security situation remained a critical issue throughout all monitoring cycles. However, slight improvements were reported in police performance and behavior and women’s access to formal justice. Access to basic services remains limited, especially for Internal Displaced Persons IDPs.
Presentation of findings was followed by a discussion with the audience. Debates focused on the importance of regular collection of evidence on rights and basic needs of communities to support policy development and implementation.