On August 23, 2016, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) gave a presentation on “Conflict and Fundamental Rights in Afghanistan” at the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU).

The presentation drew from findings from Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM), 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.

A baseline assessment was conducted in 29 rural and urban districts in 10 provinces in the first quarter of 2016, taking stock of the situation of fundamental rights in Afghanistan across three pillars: Civic Rights, Social Rights and Economic Rights. The first monitoring report following-up on the situation of rights in the target provinces was issued in July 2016, to be followed up by regular monitoring rounds published three times a year.

The presentation included observations from research conducted in South Africa and Kashmir to investigate state-civil society interactions on fundamental rights. These two papers were commissioned to examine state-civil society relations on fundamental rights in South Africa and Kashmir and to draw lessons for the Afghan context.