To ensure that humanitarian aid is able to reach the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan, we reaffirm the United Nations‘ call for a humanitarian ceasefire and urge Secretary Pompeo, European, NATO, P5 leaders to support this initiative by the UN and furthermore, call upon all parties in the conflict in Afghanistan to:
– Agree to a full and immediate humanitarian ceasefire. The pandemic will not wait for intro-Afghan negotiations to agree to a comprehensive ceasefire;
– Boost immediate preparedness and response operations for a) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities to prevent the spread; and b) medical supplies and health infrastructure to contain the virus;
– Take proactive steps to ensure that emergency measures do not compromise the space for human rights, women’s rights, refugee protection laws and norms, and the space for independent civil society to operate in safety.