January, 15, 2019
Peace is undoubtedly an urgent and serious need of the people of Afghanistan, and negotiations on a sustainable peace have created hopes in this regard.
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) welcomes every steps leading toward a nationwide and durable peace in the country, but has its concerns in this connection:
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists explains concerns for being silent and not paying attention to the values of democracy including the guarantee of freedom of press, freedom of speech and ensuring and guaranteeing of the rights and security of journalists particularly women reporters in the peace negotiations.
It is mention worthy that these values have been gained due to several struggles and sacrifices including sacrifices of women journalists and are considered as the most important achievement of the government of Afghanistan and the international community today.
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists is seriously opposing the amendment of the constitution. If the constitution amendment is a must, it needs to take place in a legal framework in which the rights and security of reporters especially women journalists be guaranteed.
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists believes that discussions for peace should not change struggle against the increasing violence against women journalists. The available law for prohibition of violence against women has its flaws and needs improvements in fight with violence and harassment against women. We want women journalists to support the charter of campaign for harassment prohibition of women reporters.
Struggle for peace should go on alongside of struggle for ensuring women’s rights specifically the rights of women journalists.
Today, we integrate this campaign with the slogan of ‘peace for ensuring the rights of women journalists’ and emphasize that no peace will be sustainable without the freedom of press and the presence of women journalists.
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists calls on the National Unity Government and the International Community to run the peace negotiations with Taliban in the framework of basic international commitments and observing of the international human rights and most important it should take place based on the Geneva conventions.
Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists