On February 28, 2017, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) delivered a presentation at the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU). The presentation highlighted findings from three monitoring reports of Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) conducted in 2016. 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 were conducted every four months, taking a stock of evolutions in access to fundamental rights in 29 rural and urban districts in 10 provinces of Afghanistan. Finding show a consistent increase in food insecurity, child labor, and unemployment across most target provinces. Growing insecurity 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 remained limited, especially for IDPs.
Presentation of findings was followed by a discussion with the audience. The event was attended by the representatives of civil society, government, international agencies and Kabul University students.
Monitoring reports are available APPRO’s publications page.